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Updates & News Nov 2022

{ed – We are very happy to announce that the Niteo shipping container carrying around 1200 kits is making its way — slowly by slowly, as they say in Uganda — across the ocean towards Uganda. We don’t know when it will arrive but we’ll keep you posted.

We are also at the time of year where we are preparing to make Christmas Hampers. The rising prices of market goods, fuel, and petrol means that these will be more expensive than ever before, so if you were considering making a donation, please know that now is a GREAT time to do so! You can simply click on the big yellow “donate” button to the right of this text block to use our safe PayPal-based donation system. Of course we are also happy to accept etransfers or cheques — all of our details are on this page. Thanks so much for all you do, and happy reading!}

November 22

The atmosphere here continues to unfold as expected and schools have continued as the closure date fast approaches. The issue of Ebola continues to threaten our communities and sadly Covid too still exists. I heard of a gentleman who dropped dead last week and when they did a postmortem, they found out that he had been killed by blood clots which lately have been closely related to Covid 19 in Uganda.

The rains have continued to bless us here whereas the sun too has been abundant. The only sad part is that many people have lost their lives in motor accidents this past week with 54 fatalities. We usually record many accidents during the festive season but this time round looks like things began too early.

Amina

My week with our Mamas went well and I will start with Amina A who incidentally sold her business because she needed to make timely payments for her children to be able to sit for their final exams. As a result, she closed her business and withdrew all the money to pay for her kids. I have made it a point to ensure that she is back in business so I will follow up next week.

Hadijah

Hadijah N is doing well. I visited her too early this time and she was still at home peeling her Irish potatoes for the evening session. She usually buys her Irish and starts to prepare them at home before she can carry them to the roadside stall. She said she likes to start at home because she can sit and peel without pressure but also under the shade. They are not allowed to bring tents because usually, the authorities confiscate them. Otherwise, she is okay and her foot has continued to heal progressively.

Annet with Gomeshi dresses

Annet C from the Mukono area is doing well for herself too. She has built a very strong and successful salon and decoration business. She has also added gowns, wedding dresses and suits for hire which is another step of growth in her business. She also continues to train students who are usually young ladies in her salon and currently works with one on a more permanent basis. She has grown to a level where we don’t need to check on her weekly so you will hear about her much less in the coming months because she has almost attained all our objectives of sustainability and empowerment of women-owned businesses. Thank you to every single one of you who has contributed to the journeys of these amazing women.

Maria and pigs

Maria A decided to sell her two pigs that recently gave birth because they were looking very fickle and she didn’t want to put them to another gruesome time of pregnancy. They had started looking weak so she decided to sell them off and focus on the young ones. Unfortunately, she lost six of them to a very bad sickness that she tried to treat but all in vain. It was by the mercy of a fellow farmer who visited her at such an opportune time and referred her to using a particular tablet that within 24 hours the rest started to respond. Otherwise, she is well and all her sons have returned home from school due to the directive from the government.

Christine and pig

Christine N is also doing okay. She has decided to discontinue her poultry in the meantime as she figures out her business. She will continue to do her piggery as she already has two pigs that are expecting very soon. She has three more little ones that have fallen off the pace a bit and Maria says it might be because she is not feeding them well at the moment. I advised her to pay more attention to this project now that it is the only one she is looking at in the meantime.

Hamida in her coop

Hamida N our other poultry farmer is pushing her efforts to ensure that she gets back to the business. We have been trying to work out a comeback right before Christmas as we wanted to make our first sales during this time. She has finished her poultry house, fixed the window, connected the electricity and bought the wood shavings she needs for the flooring of the poultry house. She is looking at starting with about 150 chickens so we see how it goes.

Jane’s former house

And on a sad note, Jane’s property was destroyed by the rains last week and has been forced to move even before the new house is finished. The developers decided to pour more dirt around the house and they blocked water trenches so the water found its way into her house destroying almost all her furniture, beds and most of her clothes. She had to stay a bit longer because she had a garden and she is trying to remove whatever can be removed including sugarcanes, and yams which I found her peeling to eat for dinner. She can’t leave because then scrap thieves can easily come and remove all her doors and windows. 

Jane trying to salvage yams from her flooded home

Finally, I spoke to Margaret and she is back in town. I will go see her during the week. I also tried to reach Anna M but she was unavailable. I am trying to see how we can reactivate her business life. All women like her need to get economic empowerment as she is a single mother trying to raise 4 kids all by herself. 

It is always a great pleasure to write to you every single week, to keep you up to speed with the different projects on board. Thank you for your relentless contribution, there is nothing small when it comes to the work that we do. 

Mwebale nnyo “Thank you very much”

Yours,

Andrew Echel

Director of Projects, Uganda

ISEE Solutions Society

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