Empowering Families in Uganda

by | Aug 2, 2016

We’re excited to launch a new partnership with Abide Family Center, a small NGO working to alleviate the orphan crisis in Uganda through the economic empowerment of families. This partnership will enable 45 mothers to attend Abide’s business training classes, utilize counseling, medical and childcare services, as well as provide grants to launch their own small businesses.

Stella’s Story

Pictured is Akello Stella, who was recommended to Abide Family Center by a local police officer in Jinja. At three months pregnant, her daughter’s father left her, and shortly after she was evicted from her home. Stella and her daughter, Meddi, were staying at a friends house when she was connected with Abide. Stella soon began a three month business course at Abide. While taking classes, her daughter Meddi, participated in Abide’s childcare development program, and Stella was provided with three months of rent and food stamps to keep the family sustained during her training. Stella successfully completed the course and now runs a growing second hand clothing store. Abide’s practical and holistic approach to the economic empowerment of women helped Stella keep her family together.

ODW + Abide

Our new partnership with Abide Family Center will support three upcoming business courses that will teach a total of 45 women how to start and run a small business. After the classes each woman works one-on-one with a business instructor to make a feasible business plan. The business plan is then approved by a team consisting of a business instructor, social worker, nurse, and counselor. A home visit is then completed and a grant is given to the woman in the form of physical supplies she will need to make the business run. Abide’s business instructors visit each business every 3 months in the first year and again on the 2 year mark to give graduates the support and care needed to make the business successful and sustainable.

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