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Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda
Evas and her granddaughter drying coffee beans
Evas and her granddaughter drying coffee beans

Evas is quite the entrepreneur in the small village she’s from. She runs two businesses while raising her three grandchildren Mariacoleta 8 years old, Editah 8 years old, and David 7 years old.  Evas didn’t always have the means needed to raise her grandchildren and thought that she would never be able to give her family a good life, then YOU came to her rescue. Your support makes microfinance loans possible for grandmothers like Evas who have taken up child rearing again later in life.

The Nyaka Grandmother Group that Evas is part of gave her a loan to start her own coffee business. She borrowed funds to purchase coffee beans, dry them, and then sell them. Coffee sales were low due to the drought and the reduced amount of beans, but she was still able to make a profit. Evas was able to pay the school fees for her grandchildren, provide them with shelter, give them medical care and buy scholastic materials that are essential for their education. She was also able to repay her loan and save enough money to start a second business rearing goats.

Evas has always been interested in goat rearing but was never able to save enough money to buy a goat of her own. Her father use to sell goats so she knows how to take care of them and how to sell one for a profit. The goat she purchased even had two kids! Evas feels lucky to have made enough profit to purchase the goat and now have two kids as well.  She is raising the goats and plans to sell them when they are mature enough. Evas says that her lifestyle has changed for the better because of the microfinance loan she received and that YOU are the reason why she smiles now!

Thank you for supporting your grandmothers in Uganda. YOU change lives with your support!

Evas with the goats she is rearing
Evas with the goats she is rearing

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Exchange visit on how to dry sweet bananas
Exchange visit on how to dry sweet bananas

Great news!  Thanks to your generous support, even more grandmothers are being empowered to break the cycle of poverty.  The Grandmother Program is now able to support 7,301 grandmothers in 98 groups.  That’s 300 more women, in 6 more groups!  This is the largest number of grandmothers to ever be part of the program, thank YOU for making this possible.

The grandmother team has been busy visiting all of the grandmothers.  They have made 91 individual home visits so far this year.  The purpose of the home visits are to see the living conditions of the grandmothers; income generating activities; check if the grandmothers have kitchen vegetable gardens; make sure children are in school; to offer advice and support as needed.  In the homes visited, the grandmothers were engaged in many small income generating activities such as piggery, goat rearing, poultry, handcraft making, and small businesses like selling porridge, bananas, coffee and rice.  The grandmothers also had good kitchen vegetable gardens and all the grandchildren are attending school. However, most of the grandmothers still live in poor conditions with very poor housing structures, kitchens, and pit latrines.

There have been 45 group meetings visited by the grandmother team.  During the group meetings, the team informed grandmothers about income generating projects, food security, the importance of education, and health and sanitation improvement.  There were also two group exchange visits for grandmothers to learn from each other.  One group was trained on how to make beads and woven money purses. The other group was trained on how to dry sweet bananas into crisps.  The grandmothers were eager to learn new practices and can’t wait to use them.  They were very happy for the exchange program and hope there are more in the future.

Thank you for helping to expand the Grandmother Program.  YOU are changing the lives of so many wonderful women!

Exchange visit on how to make beads and weave
Exchange visit on how to make beads and weave
Grandmother group meeting
Grandmother group meeting

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Angelica at home, proud of her sprouting beans
Angelica at home, proud of her sprouting beans

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.

A Granny Group distributing loans
A Granny Group distributing loans

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Grannies in the Grandmother Project
Grannies in the Grandmother Project

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!

Family that received a new home in 2016
Family that received a new home in 2016

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Provia displaying the products she sells
Provia displaying the products she sells

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!

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twesigye Kaguri
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East Lansing, MI United States
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