Casual labour, limited income, malnutrition and no ability to affect their situation – this is the reality of the majority of the citizens in the rural areas of Western Uganda. Life is especially difficult for young, disabled mothers. Being seen as a financial burden to their family and with no support of public services, the hope of reaching an acceptable living standard is non-existent.
Tzedek’s partner, the Rural Disabled Women Association (RUDIWA), is running a project that aims to equip its participants with the knowledge of sewing and weaving handcrafts goods for selling purposes, but also to set up a revolving fund scheme, a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA), to enable them to purchase the goods needed for their start-up. The loan will then be repaid and the funds accessible to other participants.
The income generated from the businesses will go from £9 per month to £67 per month, and bring about a massive, positive change for the participants and the local community as a whole.
Ms. Musoki Edrenge is aged 19 and a mother of two children ages 2 years and 3 months respectively. She is a deaf young mother, who grows vegetables in the kitchen garden as she has no land. She lives with her parents, as the father of her two children rejected her and went back to school. Ms.Musoki’s sells tomatoes and onions in small quantities at the weekly market day in Bumate central market. She is forced to rely on money borrowed from the local money lenders at a 10% interest. As such, she is left with 27 pence after the money has been paid back. Ms. Musoki lives with her parents and their other six children in a two roomed building where Musoki and her siblings share a single room with household utensils, ducks and chickens.
The cost of the project is £1,522 for one year