Now we are equal

Without the money to back up her entrepreneurial spirit, Rebecca Nankwanga lost all interest in trying to save or get a loan. Despite working hard, Rebecca and her husband struggled to grow enough food for their family that would last beyond two months each year. When Rebecca heard there was a training by Inspired Women Uganda in her home district of Mbale in Eastern Uganda, she knew it was the chance she’d been waiting for to transform her family’s lives.

After registration, Rebecca received trainings on saving, basic business skills and livestock management. She quickly put into practice her new skills, using a loan from the village credit union to establish a small business rearing two pigs. As her project grew to 26 pigs, Rebecca was able to feed her four children each day, send three of them to boarding school and invest in an airtime-selling business. Not only has the IWU training transformed the family’s daily lives, but Rebecca has also seen her fellow trainee’s confidence grow as a result of their new financial independence.

A Lifeline to Stay Afloat

In Nakaloke, a tiny village tucked in the Mbale district in the Eastern region of Uganda, villagers, like Joyce Awori, desperately seek a lifeline to stay afloat when banking services are out of reach. Joyce saw her family’s life hopelessly crumble several years ago when her first husband’s family forced her out of his house barely months after he passed away. The struggling widow had to remarry just to support her children and then moved to Nakaloke. “I left with nothing; even the few clothes I owned were left behind,” Joyce said.

Joyce has managed to get her and her family back on their feet, making a living selling fish and tomatoes with knowledge gained from Inspired Women trainings, she accessed loans and savings from her village loan group they formed after the training. The group enables Joyce to save small amounts every week, which allowed her to eventually have enough for a plot of land. Joyce’s group prioritizes improving agriculture and food security by increasing household incomes. Next, Joyce hopes to buy more land, construct her own house and buy a cow or two, from which she can get milk to improve her family’s diet and to sell.