Angelica is 60 years old and raising three grandchildren in the village of Kyamagote in the Kanungu District of Uganda. Her grandchildren, Turinawe, Asiimwe, and Brian, have lost both of their parents. Their mother passed away first and the children moved in with their grandmother after the death of their father, who was Angelica‘s son. She had already raised seven of her own children and thought that at this point in her life she was done child rearing. Angelica has been able to support herself and her grandchildren thanks to Nyaka’s Microfinance Program.
Angelica has been the chairperson for her Grannie Group for the last eight years and is grateful to the Grandmother Program for the revolving fund where she borrowed 200,000 UGX ($61 USD). She used the money to buy bean seeds. The seeds were planted and have increased the food security in her home. With the continuous planting cycle of these beans, her and her grandchildren will never have to experience hunger. There will always be enough food to feed her family. In fact, Angelica expects to have a surplus of beans and hopes to sell about 120kg of them. This will provide Angelica with a small income so she can buy other things needed in the home.
Thank YOU for making the Microfinance Program possible for grandmothers! These loans provide them dignity and means to support themselves and their grandchildren.
Thank you for making 2016 an amazing year and for celebrating Nyaka’s 15th Anniversary!
Your grandmothers are especially thankful for all of the love and support you have shown them through your generous donations. Last year a total of 18 homes were built along with 25 kitchens and 25 latrines! There were also two more homes identified at the end of the year that will be receiving new kitchens and latrines. Construction is planned to begin in February. These are the homes of two children at Kutamba Primary School, both whom are living with HIV and being raised by grandmothers.
It was also a very successful year for loan disbursement and recovery. The total loan amount in circulation right now is UGX 305,822,700 ($92,673 USD) and is distributed between 79 granny groups. In 2016, microloans worth UGX 265,000,000 ($80,303 USD) were disbursed to 62 granny groups and loans worth UGX 234,301,300 ($71,000 USD) were recovered by the end of 2016! The grandmothers who receive microfinance loans are able to sustain their homes and even repay their loans quickly.
This year, the Grandmother Project will be supporting 7,001 grandmothers in 92 groups across Uganda:
In Kanungu the Grandmother Project covers 17 sub counties in the district with 4,031 grannies in 56 groups
In Rukungiri the Grandmother Project covers 4 sub counties in the district with 2,970 grannies in 36 groups.
Your grandmothers and the children they are raising say “Mwebale Munonga” (thank you very much). We can’t wait to see what you make possible this year!
Provia is a 56 year old grandmother raising three of her grandchildren - Robin 12 years old, Doreen 9 years old and Faith 5 years old. The children’s mother died after being sick for many years. After her death, the father brought the children to Provia. Their father leaves them at the grandmothers home and offers little to no support for them. Provia is left with the responsibility of raising her grandchildren now. Luckily, she has become an amazing saleswoman.
Provia’s has been part of BF Suma which sells various supplements and medications to the community. Some of their products that Provia sells include cordyceps supplements which greatly helps patients with high blood pressure; pure broken capsules (for diabetic people and AIDS patients which helps in boosting their immune system); Micro two tablets (help to clean veins of older persons to increase body blood circulation) and anatic herbal soap (cures skin rashes and ring worms plus other food nutrients). She sells her products from her home, at funerals, market places, churches and any other community gatherings.
There is a large market for these products and Provia is able to make a good profit by selling them, so she is able to provide for her grandchildren. Provia is thankful for the opportunity that has made her a business saleswoman of BF Suma products. She says the revolving fund that your donations go towards has helped her open up more friendships and learn more business skills, thus saying that her “hope is back”.
Thank YOU for giving hope and opportunity to Provia and other grandmothers like her!
Consirantah is a 65 year old woman who works hard to make ends meet. She was born and raised in Nyakishenyi and blessed with 10 children throughout her life. Unfortunately, three have died after battling sickness for a long time and the remaining children are unemployed with unstable sources of income. Since Consirantah’s family is unable to help her, she must support herself and her grandchildren who she is raising, aged 13 and 14. Her grandchildren came into her home after the death of their father, who was Consirantah’s son. The children’s mother had abandoned them at her home. Thankfully, Consirantah has her Granny Group to lean on. They have provided valuable resources to help support her and her grandchildren.
Consirantah has been an active member of her Granny Group for the last eight years. She is grateful to the Nyaka Grandmother Project for creating groups in the area. Through the project, she had been given a pit latrine, an agricultural hoe, a water harvesting tank and a mosquito net. These items are critical for Consirantah and her family to stay healthy. She has also been able to benefit from a microfinance loan that her group received from Nyaka. Consirantah used the loan to plant and grow Irish potatoes and sorghum. After the harvest, she was able to make a profit by selling some of the produce. By saving her profits, Consirantah has bought a goat, is able to send both of her grandchildren to school and can cater to the domestic needs in her home. Thank you for making all of this possible for Consirantah and her family!
Donate today to help more grandmothers like Consirantah!
Joseline is 81 years old and one of the happiest grandmothers you’ve helped! She is a widow from Kameme village, Kanungu district, her two grandchildren (Daniel 14 years and Kyomuhendo 8) became her responsibility five years ago when their father died and their mother moved to a different town to remarry. Nyaka constructed a home for Joseline after discovering the tattered tent that her and her family were living in.
Joseline worried everyday about her family’s safety. They were living near Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is known for its wildlife. Joseline was convinced that wild animals would soon come into her tent and kill her and her grandchildren. During rainy seasons, she would surround her grandchildren all night to provide warmth but could never provide enough protection if an animal decided to attack them. She didn’t have money to provide a safer home and had completely lost hope for tomorrow.
Joseline was rejoiced when the Nyaka Grandmother Program came to help. She never imagined that anyone would ever build her a home. Her new home gave her a new outlook on life. Now she feels blessed to have a sturdy and safe place for her and her grandchildren. Joseline said that she has nothing that she can give to repay her gratitude but she will always pray for the kind and loving people who helped her through this tough time.
YOU are the reason why Joseline can sleep at night, because your generous love and support built her a safe home for her and her family. Thank you!
Joseline proudly standing in front of her new home
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