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Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda

by Volunteer Action Network
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Mary
Mary

Mary, aged 32, has 5 children and is a primary seven drop-out. “Before receiving training from VacNet, she says, “I was not doing any business but was depending on my husband for everything. I would endure all the harsh words from my husband in order to survive. We briefly separated because I could not sustain the stress in our marriage.” As I was passing through Layibi market I mate a group of women sitting together and sharing, also they were pulling their repayments and recording them in a book. their chairperson came to inform them about business-related training. I got interested and inquired if they can allow me to attend training with them, they accepted me. In that training, I learnt three critical issues that have enabled me to start and grow my business: diversification of business; how people have the same brain, ability and time; and how to save and invest. After the training, I requested a microloan of UGX 150,000 which I used to open and planted one acre of maize while at the same time brewing local alcohol to support my farming activity.

Client Quote:-

"Using my savings and proceeds from agriculture, I was able to buy two cows at UGX550,000 and UGX750,000. I have grown my herd to eight and currently sells milk to my community to supplement my income. I save with the group. My savings have been progressing from UGX111,000 in 2017, then UGX600,000 in 2019, to the current UGX800,000. I continued brewing for school fees for MY children amounting to UGX280,000 per term (S.4). I also buy cassava and sell it in the local market and have added five turkeys which I'm rearing". -----Mary

Mary boasts of having 3 meals per day, which never used to happen; buying 5 mattresses, a bicycle, all children are in school and increasing capital and assets. She encourages other women to join VacNet to be given the same skills such that they can be like her. She advises women to think of getting knowledge, not money. Women should also cooperate with others to be able to realize development.

“I feel confident and more open minded to opportunities coming my way”

Moving forward, we need your help to continue providing opportunities and resources to women and. Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity and justice continues. 

Mary with her keeping animals
Mary with her keeping animals

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Prisca
Prisca

We were treated with joy when we visited the home of Prisca. She has worked with VacNet and benefited from our microloan program, she said " because of you I sleep in a decent shelter ", One of my goals in life was to construct my own house which is permanent, enough for my family and decent to sleep in and you helped me achieve this I feel exteemely proud and confident for the future"

Prisca  is a widow with 4 children who she ably take care of them making sure they attain the best education she joined the progrom in 2010, recieved trainind and a $150 micro loans to start a retail business Soon she was chosen to chair the peer Counsellor' s group of strong community women leaders, she represents the voice of women at Pece division, and is the overall community mobilizer for her political party in her area. , Prisca stoped in primary 7 and supported her self to go back to school using her profits to pay her shool fees together with her children until she completed senior 4 at old age.

We celebrate her success as she welcomes us in her newly constructed home by herself she says all women have potentials if they are given space and opportunity they can amaze everyone.

Together with you we  continue to impact women’s lives directly through our micro loan program that you support. We believe you will continues to support us to continue this wonderful journey of supporting women to walk their way by themselves your generous donation makes this possible.

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Pamela small business
Pamela small business

With your support women like  Pamela from Pancwala Village age 62 years, married with four children. who joined the microcredit program with a very small business that was home-based. It was challenging for Pamela to take care of her family and educate her children since her husband is an alcohol addict she says. Pamela’s life changed right from the time she attended the Business and Leadership skills training,  above all making a decision to join the program

Through her determination to live a better life, Pamela put all the skills she learned from training into practice. Today Pamela testifies of her business increasing of which she owns a stall of vegetables in Gulu main market. "The microloan has enabled me to educate my children, one already at a vocational institution and another in senior five, also I bought iron sheets and plans to build a permanent building house for her family 

Our clients receive small loans, typically between $50 and $150, which they invest in livestock, agricultural projects, and other small business ventures. This past quarter we disbursed 882 micro loans to women.  empowering them to walk their way out of poverty with dignity.

The leadership program and skills training that Pamela attained, spark up her interest in leadership and she began by leading her subgroup members as a secretary, later the center entrusted her and she was elected as the overall chairperson for the group. Pamela is not scared to campaign for the position but rather see it as yet another golden opportunity to climb the ladder higher in leadership. She is the elected woman council leader for the area of Panwala today representing women's voice in the village council.

We hope that you are curious and interested to walk this journey together. Understanding that we cannot continue this work without your support, our desire is that you will be inspired by the women that we support and our achievements and you will continue to support our efforts with your gits and donation.

Mary after receiving $60 loan
Mary after receiving $60 loan

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Volunteer Action Network

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Bukenya Muusa
Gulu, Uganda

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