Support the Grandmothers of AIDS Orphans in Uganda

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Pola and her grandson drying coffee
Pola and her grandson drying coffee

Pola, aged 63, is raising her three grandchildren, Evalyne who is 12 years old, Junior who is 9 years old and Prosper who is 3 years.  Her grandchildren came to live with her two years ago after their mother died from complications during child birth.  Pola needed help when she became the sole provider for them.  Thanks to YOUR generous support, Pola was able to receive a microfinance loan to help her raise her three young grandchildren!

Pola was given 200,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $59.35 US dollars) which she used to become a coffee bean vendor.  She buys raw coffee beans from her neighbors at a reduced rate and then dries the beans and stores them.  She waits to sell them until coffee prices increase so that she can maximize her profits.  Pola expects to make around 500,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $148.37 US dollars) after all of this coffee is sold.  She plans to use the profits to buy the basic necessities for her family and will also save some money to buy more coffee next season.  Pola has a future plan of setting up a big store for selling coffee beans, rice, ground nuts and millet if she gets more funds. 

YOU can help other grandmothers just like Pola by making a donation today!

August 2, 2016 marked the 15th anniversary of The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.  Thank YOU for making this milestone possible!  

YOUR generous love and support has TRANSFORMED LIVES!

YOU have made Nyaka 15 years strong!


Baraba with two of her grandchildren
Baraba with two of her grandchildren

Meet Baraba.  She is a 56 year old grandmother raising her six orphaned grandchildren ranging in age from 3-13 years old!  Baraba is now the sole provider for them.  She has to put clothes on their backs, food in their mouths, and pay for them to go to school- all on her own, without a job, social security, retirement, or any kind of social service support.  Luckily for Baraba, she has YOU!  Thanks to your generous support, she was able to get a micro-finance loan to buy supplies to make jewelry and baskets to sells.  Baraba now has an income and can provide for her grandchildren. 

As a young girl, Baraba’s mother taught her how to make baskets.  She never thought that the basket making skills she learned so long ago would one day provide for her family.  Recently, Baraba was able to increase her skill set even more.  She was able to attend a training workshop in Kampala, the capitol of Uganda, where she was taught how to make beads, necklaces, and woven earrings.  This helps her generate even more income by having a variety of items that she can sell. 

How do the grandmothers like Baraba sell their crafts? We buy them, then sell them through basket parties, our Etsy shop, and at events.  All of the profits raised go right back into the Grandmother Programs like the one that helped Baraba and other grandmothers just like her.  Want to help? Donate today!   

Baraba with some of her handmade baskets
Baraba with some of her handmade baskets


Jane, Timothy, Joel and their piglets
Jane, Timothy, Joel and their piglets

YOU are transforming Grandmothers into sustainable entrepreneurs by providing opportunities for them!

Jane is a 55 year old widow raising her two grandchildren, Timothy and Joel.  The children lost their mother after a long illness and they were abandoned by their father after their mother passed away.  With these two young children now depending on her, Jane needed to find a way to earn enough money to support her family. 

Jane was able to borrow 150,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $50 USD) to buy a pig that was pregnant.  That’s when Jane’s piggery project began!  The pig gave birth to five piglets and she was able to sell two of them.  She kept the remaining three piglets and is using them to be a sustainable entrepreneur in piggery (pig breeding).  Jane would never have been able to pursue her dream of pig breeding if people like you didn’t support her!

The loan that Joan received has given her the opportunity to open a business that she is very passionate about.  Jane is very happy and thankful for the opportunity that has greatly improved her living standards and has helped her in raising her grandchildren.

Thank you very much for the love and generosity you give to Joan and thousands of other grandmothers like her!


Glorious with Abel in front of their new house
Glorious with Abel in front of their new house

Glorious did a courageous thing. She left her abusive husband. She didn't have a lot of money, and her daughter, Medius, was still only a few years old, but Glorius believed she could make it.

And she did. She raised Medius and watched her get married. She was a doting grandmother to her grandson, Abel. Glorious thought her daughter would have a better life. Her heart broke when she saw Medius suffering in an abusive relationship just like she had. When her daughter finally escaped with little Abel, Glorious took her family into her home and cared for them. 

They struggled to put food on the table and their home was crumbling around them. The kitchen was useless. The pit latrine was dangerous. They only had meager money from working in their neighbors gardens. It wasn't enough to rebuild. All she could do was focus on keeping her family alive today. She couldn't even think about tomorrow.

Because of you, Glorious' Granny Group was able to build her a complete new home--a house, smokeless kitchen, and pit latrine. She never expected such a gift in her lifetime. Glorious says she can finally live a happy life with her family. She can think about more than survival.

Thanks to you, she can dream. 



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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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Twesigye Kaguri
Founder/ Director
East Lansing, MI United States
$15,982 raised of $230,000 goal
294 donations
$214,018 to go
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