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WorudetLanyero Joyce is one of the conflict related SGBV survivors from Puranga Sub County in Pader district. She benefitted from the sustainable economic empowerment project implemented by WORUDET in Puranga and Ogom Sub-counties in Pader District with support from Uganda Fund in 2015. Joyce is a 38 years old woman and a single mother to two children. She is a survivor of conflict period SGBV having spent four years of her life in captivity; Joyce was countless times raped by the LRA rebels an experience that left her scarred for a very long time. Upon return she decided to restart her life with another man but unfortunately she was rejected by her family and in-laws in 2010 after they realized she was a returnee. As a single mother she had been living from hand to mouth. According to Joyce, before the project implementation in Puranga she barely had anything to earn a living and support her and her children and she had to struggle single handedly to provide for her family.


In 2015 Joyce joined Nen Anyim VSLA group one of the groups in Puranga that was initiated by WORUDET to support conflict related SGBV survivors. She was equipped with skills in onion production and VSLA at the initial stage of the project. As a group member of Nen Anyim VSLA group, Joyce received 100,000= (One Hundred Thousand Ugandan Shillings) from WORUDET as startup capital and she used the money to grow half an acre of onions in addition to the group demonstration farm. After a period of two and half months, Joyce harvested two sacks of onions which she sold and got UGX 435,000= (Four hundred and Thirty Five Thousand Shillings) an amount she had never seen. Because of the new skills she acquired in VSLA- especially how to save and invest for the future, she started her own initiative by investing part of the money in restaurant business in Puranga trading center, given there were very few restaurants at the center. From her restaurant Joyce now earns a minimum of UGX 20,000 per day and she is able to save a minimum of UGX 5,000 every day as she intends to expand her restaurant in the future. Additionally as a result of the increasing income from her restaurant and her constant participation in weekly VSLA, Joyce was able to buy three goats.pic

According to Joyce, being part of Nen Anyim VSLA group has been a source of comfort for her as she has been able to forget the past atrocities and it has given her a chance to live a better life and provide for her family. Her restaurant guarantees daily food for her family and she will continue to accumulate assets that will allow her empower her children through education so that they do not suffer any violence. She thanks WORUDET and Uganda Fund for the opportunity this project offered her.

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  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
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  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
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  •  info@ugandafund.org

 

 

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