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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
Ellina with her pigs
Ellina with her pigs

You are empowering grandmothers to be entrepreneurs!

Ellina is a 62-year-old grandmother taking care of her grandchild, David. She owns a small shop where she sells handcrafts she's made and other products like egg plants, yellow bananas, avocadoes, pineapples, and sugar canes from her own gardens. Because Ellina is an amazing multitasker, she also raises and sells pigs. 

She's received a loan of 200,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $60 USD) to help her with these businesses and now she makes about 70,000 Ugandan Shillings ($21 USD) every month. Because of her success, she is able to pay David's school fees, buy household items, take care of her personal needs, and pay for medical care. 

Another loan will help her businesses grow even more! She is applying for another loan of 200,000 Uganda Shillings so she can build a pig sty and a secure storage building for the products she sells in her stores.

Ellina is a hardworking entrepreneur. Because of your support, she is empowered to escape poverty.

Thank you!

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Grandmothers working in a field
Grandmothers working in a field

Right now there is a grandmother in Uganda. Sweat pours down her face and her shoulders ache but she doesn't stop swinging her garden hoe. After a day's work in this field she will earn just 3,000 shillings (about $1 USD). She will use this money to feed and clothe her grandchildren as best as she can.

Even though she works hard, she won't be able to send them to school. She cannot afford to buy even a pencil for her grandchildren, much less buy them textbooks and uniforms or pay their school fees. As she watched them grow, she knows their tiny hands will someday be callous from swinging garden hoes. Their potential will be wasted on mindless work. They will be trapped in poverty just as she has for her entire life. The thought breaks her heart.

This is a true story for too many grandmothers in Uganda. Too many of these courageous, hardworking women are stuck in the painful cycle of poverty.

The situation is dire but, because of your generosity, hope is springing up for many women like this grandmother. The micro-finance loans you give to your grandmothers empowers them to use their skills and talents to start businesses of their own. As entrepreneurs they can make more money--enough to take care of their grandchildren AND send them to school--and they can do work that is much less taxing on their bodies. Grandmothers can make baskets (like the ones featured in our Grandmother Basket Program!), they can open stores, market stalls, or many other successful businesses. All your amazing grandmothers need is an opportunity Thank you so much for giving it to them!

A grandmother can get her business started with a loan as little as $20 USD. That's less than a pizza!

Looking for an opportunity to see more of your grandmothers succeed?

GlobalGiving's first Bonus Day of 2016 is coming up soon!

Wednesday, March 16th starting at 9:00am (Eastern)

Every donation will be matched!

It's a pro-rated match day, which means that every project will get a portion of the matching funds based on how much they raised. Here is the explanation for how they will distribute matching funds: (amount of funds you raise/amount of total funds raised on Bonus Day) x $75,000 = Matching funds we receive!

Grandmother holding a basket she made
Grandmother holding a basket she made

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Grandmother holding a water harvesting tank
Grandmother holding a water harvesting tank

This morning you probably turned on a tap to get your water. You made your coffee, brushed your teeth, and took a shower. It probably felt like a fairly mundane morning. But to your grandmothers in Uganda, your everyday is a dream.

Even with the success of your two gravity fed water systems that bring clean water sources much closer to your grandmothers, they must often walk miles to get clean water. Your grandmothers often have to carry heavy jerry cans of water home. If they cannot fetch it, they often have to send their grandchildren. This can take hours that could be used for studying and makes children--especially girls--vulnerable to sexual assault as they walk along the road. Even if your grandmothers can collect enough water to store, they need a safe place to keep it where it will not be contaminated.

Thankfully, the water harvesting tanks you provide help your grandmothers collect and store water safely at home. The large black tanks are designed to safely collect rain water, which is especially helpful during the rainy season. And it allows your grandmothers to store water that they collect from safe water sources.

The clean water you are providing them is helping them keep their families hydrated, healthy, and clean. Thank you!

Two grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Two grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Grandmothers with water harvesting tanks
Grandmothers with water harvesting tanks

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Joyce
Joyce

YOUR grandmothers are so grateful for YOU!

At the age of 70, Joyce had never had a home of her own. She lived with her daughter and brother-in-law. Then she moved to stay with her son where she slept in a storage area with the chickens. Joyce says she was not respected in her community and had “no hope or love” in her life.

Then one day, a neighbor told her about YOUR Nyaka Granny Groups. Since there was a meeting nearby, Joyce decided to attend. At the meeting she met grandmothers like her who faced big challenges. She realized that she wasn't alone. She decided to become a member.

Not long after joining, Joyce received a home visit from the group’s leaders. They saw that she desperately needed a home of her own. Thanks to YOUR partnership and support, the grandmothers in Joyce's group were able to build her a brand new house, smokeless kitchen, and pit latrine to call her own.

Joyce’s new home has been truly life-changing. Because of YOU, she can care for her three orphaned grandchildren. She is in control of her life. She has been able to save money, because with a house of her own she has a safe place to keep it. She is more motivated to work in her fields and garden--She even received a small loan from her group to buy chickens!  Joyce says that she now sleeps through the night for the first time in her life, safe and comfortable in her own bedroom. For the first time, she has hope for the future thanks to YOU.

YOU are changing the lives of grandmothers like Joyce every day!

Thanks to YOUR partnership YOUR grandmothers have dignity, respect, and freedom.

Thank YOU and Happy New Year!

Joyce (Right) With Her Grandchildren
Joyce (Right) With Her Grandchildren

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Grace
Grace

YOUR impact in the lives of YOUR grandmothers in Uganda is huge. Every month we tell you about another grandmother who YOU have helped escape poverty but please know that for every grandmother story we share, there are thousands more stories we could tell. 

This month we want to tell you about a grandmother named Grace.

Grace was mourning the loss of her daughter while raising her two orphaned grandchildren on a teacher's pension. The pension was small and often unreliable. Sometimes it came when it was supposed to and other times she had to wait several months before her money would come. 

Even though she struggled, her heart swelled when she heard about two children who had been abandoned at the local hospital. Grace couldn't turn her back on them. She volunteered to care for them too.

When Grace first learned about her local grandmother’s group, she was excited to meet women her age who faced the same issues she did. She was happy for the opportunity to share her experience as a teacher, advising other grandmothers how to deal with undisciplined children.

Grace says that her first loan from the group “was a blessing that melted so many troubles away.” She received 100,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $30 USD) to buy a pig. Later she received an additional, smaller loan to buy nutritious mash to feed it.

Grace thinks that the pig was the best investment she could have made. Soon, it gave birth to 9 piglets. She made enough money from selling the piglets that she was able to travel to attend the college graduation ceremony of one of the orphans she is raising. She easily paid back her loan. Grace plans to expand her pig project and will continue to sell piglets to help buy food and make repairs to her home.

Hardworking, compassionate grandmothers like Grace thrive when they are empowered by generous people like YOU. Thank you for investing in Grace and her grandchildren!

We want to wish you very happy holidays from YOUR Nyaka Family!

Grace with her pigs
Grace with her pigs

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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