NAME: Noeline Nayigaga
Age: 38 years
Noeline is a mother of five kids. Kids First got to know about her through her son, Shadrack, who attends our soccer project. Shadrack would report about the domestic violence they were going through as a family. It is from this background that Kids First approached Noeline, inviting her to join our women’s group for counseling.
In Kids First, Noeline meet some fellow women who had gone through abuse similar to what she was going through. She tried her very best to learn craft making but she found this very difficult. It was then the Kids First micro finance project came to her rescue. Below is what Noeline has to say about her involvement in the micro finance project.
“I always admired my fellow women who could make craft for sale through Kids First. I tried my level best to learn something but I was not talented at all in craft so I failed. I was getting the encouragement from my fellow women and also through our Thursday Bible devotions. I felt God still loved me and he cared and for sure He does. My son was getting his soccer talent developed and my daughter was also being occupied in the music project. This reduced the effect on them of seeing my husband and me fight. I knew my relationship with my husband would get better if I could help him with some family needs. The time I was almost giving up with my marriage is when Kids First came up with the micro finance project.
"After going through some training of business that was organized by Kids First, I was given a loan of 100,000 Shillings. I started a small business of selling vegetables like cabbages, tomatoes, onions, egg plants etc. Since I started this business my life has changed a lot. I can manage to save at least 5000 Shillings a day and because of my income I have also started contributing to our family needs, for example buying food for my family.
"My relationship with my husband has improved a lot: he never used to support me in meeting with my fellow women, but now he encourages me to attend these meetings. I have seen my kids perform better in school due to the peaceful environment at home. I am really very happy and looking forward to growing my business”.
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