We’re so grateful to you all for supporting us on this journey! The center is successfully hosting classes and is filled seven days a week, with our own educational programming in language studies, computer science, and financial literacy, as well as partner programs from local arts and dance collectives.
We are still working towards sustainability, expanding our microfinance program, trying to create marketable products for local and international sales, and working on plans for a CAFE! The Hope Cafe has been a dream of HCU’s from the start, but we are only now having the stability to think about this type of expansion. Since HCU already has a beautiful, stable building, garden, staff, and wifi, the only further investments we will need are basic furniture and a coffee machine. Since this will be a small business, we will be seeking loans instead of donations! We will pay our investors back over a 5 year period, and we will seek investors who are likely to reinvest after that period is finished.
P.S. This week is International Women’s Week! The numbers are in and we’ve reached almost 3,000 women with microfinance loans and sanitary pad disbursements, allowing so much more human potential to be released into Northern Uganda!
If you’re in Berlin, be sure to check out our Ladies-First solidarity fundraiser party! We will be screening a short film from Ugandan actress, writer, and director Kemiyondo Coutinho. The film challenges Uganda’s “mini-skirt” bill, which holds women accountable for rape based on their clothing choices, rather than the attacker. The film will be followed by DJ sets in partnership with Berlin’s female, trans, nonbinary DJ school and collective, No Shade.
Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1857162911062581/
Or read our blog post on the event: