NAME: Victoria Nakagulire
Age: 52 years
Victoria is a widow with five children and eight grandchildren. She is a very hard working woman who has worked hard to raise both her children and grandchildren. Victoria joined Kids First at the early stages of its establishment and she is so instrumental in counselling young mothers in Kids First.
Craft making has been the core source of income for Victoria but she has always looked for ways she can increase her income, not only to look after her grandchildren but also to be able to help other women that come to Kids First women group for help. When Victoria heard of the microfinance project she welcomed it with open hands. She attended the business training and applied for the loan. We have been so a happy to learn how Victoria has been creative with her loan. Victoria bought more materials for making craft as well as two goats. She will care for these pregnant goats and then sell the kids.
When Victoria increased her craft making she looked for bigger markets in Kampala. At the moment she has rented a craft stall in one of the big craft markets in Kampala where she is not only going to sell her crafts but will also help other women by selling their crafts, which help help them improve their income.
NAME: Prosy Kisakyamuka
Age: 38 years
Prosy is a mother of four kids and two grandchildren. She lives in a swamp area in Bbunga with poor living conditions. Prosy was divorced, but still had to care for her family, so her only option was cheap accommodation in the swamps. However, whenever it rains they face serious floods and often end up with diseases due to sewage flowing into their house.
Prosy got to know about Kids First six years ago and since she joined her life has been improving. She was taught to make crafts, but the income was not enough to help her take two of her kids and one of her grandchildren to school. Often they were unable to afford food or even be able to get to the hospital for treatment.
It is on the above background that Kids First considered Prosy as one of the first beneficiaries of the micro finance project, and we are so happy to share her progress. This is what she says:
“I have so many things to be proud of from Kids First, but the provision of the micro finance was overwhelming. I could not believe when I had 100,000 shillings in my hands. Good enough Kids First had taken us through a business micro finance training, so although I was overwhelmed with the joy of having this money, I knew how I was to use it.
"I invested my money in selling Matoke ”green bananas” [a dietary staple in Uganda] and since I did this I have never stopped smiling. I have been able to provide my family at least two meals a day. I am no longer living under stress because in know come next year I will be able to get some of the school fees I need for my kids without stress.
"From barely having no money I can at least save 4000 shillings a day and as I talk I have paid back my loan! I got another loan from Kids First which I am going to top up 100,000 shillings and buy a sewing machine of 200,000 shillings so that I increase on my products I sell in our craft project.
"I have hope that in few years I will be able to move my family from the swamp to somewhere better thanks a lot to this wonderful project”.
Here at Kids First we all have something to say, so this blog will be updated by members of our team as our work progresses to keep all of you in the loop!