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Field Reports

STORY OF LULUA AGNES

I am Mrs. Lulua Agnes, a middle aged woman and a mother of four children, I was abducted by the LRA in 2000 from Oniazo village in Arinyapi Sub-county. While in captivity I became a wife to one of the rebel soldiers. I returned home in 2001 with a baby boy. I had a miserable world, pitiable state of finances and health. I started a small business of making “gulugulu” (fresh cassava bread) but still I could barely feed myself and my son. I had totally lost hope and had no one to turn to. I then got married to Mr. Azo Vincent but the misery still continued that one meal a day was all what we could survive on.

Luckly in, 2015 I was absorbed under CEFORD’s Agri skills development programme. As a beneficiary, I was trained in gender action learning, VSLA, household planning, enterprise management, business planning and given two goats as start-up capital which were my turning point. These skills taught me how to have a vision and how to achieve it, plan for the little resource at home and manage it sustainably and use VSLA to supplement my financing. Because of this project I can now meet my basic needs. I have my vegetable garden of Okra that puts sugar, salt on my table because on average I get 4,000 shillings per day from Okra, the VSLA offers a fallback position when needs arises like school fees and abrupt ill-health. My goats have steadily multiplied from none to 8 goats. I am already achieving my vision of seeing all my children grow to become literate. People no longer look at me with disdain  because I have assets now and my life has continued change because of this project. I am forever grateful to CEFORD and the Uganda Fund for creating this change in my life.

 

STORY OF AUMA NANCY

Auma Nancy age 35 years is a resident of Parwech parish in Puranga Sub-county. Nancy is one of the conflict related SGBV survivors benefiting from the Sustainable Economic Empowerment Project implemented by WORUDET in Ogom and Puranga Sub-county with support from Uganda Fund. She was a victim of the LRA by 18 years and stayed in the bush for 6 years enduring constant sexual abuse. “One night I tried to escape but unfortunately I was arrested before I went far, the commander who was in charge of the operations ordered three men who were also captives to sleep with me while others watched as a lesson” Auma narrates with tears in her eyes. Unfortunately I realized when I returned home that I was HIV+.

Thanks to WORUDET I joined Cacut VSLA group in 2015 where I received news skills in growing onions and became an active member in my VSLA group. With a start-up of 100,000= (one hundred thousand shillings), I have never looked back, I invested it in production of onions which matured well and after the harvest I got 460,000= (four hundred and sixty thousand shillings) as income. I used 140,000= (one hundred and forty thousand shillings) to buy two female goats and used the rest of the money to grow soya beans in the subsequent season. This year 2016, I planted two acres of soya beans which I believe will earn me more than 1,000,000 (One million shillings). I now feel happy despite the fact that I am HIV+, my constant engagement in income generating activities and with other group members keeps me busy which makes me forget of my problems, life has indeed become better”.

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  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
  •  info@ugandafund.org

 

 

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  •  Uganda Fund
    Plot 3 Erinayo Oryema Road
    Kanyagoga
    P.O. Box 1541
    Gulu, Uganda
  •  Phone: +256.790.916.017
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