Project #260 | Income Generating Program for Ugandan Mothers

Our Partnership with Abide Family Center

Over 56% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 18. Among these 17 million Ugandan children, 11.3% are orphans, and 8% of children are considered critically vulnerable. One of the reasons for this vulnerability is the high number of children born with HIV/AIDS and/or having an HIV positive parent. Low-income families feel that they have few options to provide financially for their children, and some make the difficult decision to leave their children in an orphanage in hopes that they will receive what they need.  Empowering mothers to become economically self-sufficient is critical to keeping families together.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Abide Family Center to offer income-generating programs so that parents and children in eastern Uganda are able to stay together. Through our partnership, 66 mothers completed a 5-week program that included classes on parenting, health, and business management. The program culminated with each mother receiving start-up capital to start a small business under the guidance of Abide staff.  Of the participants, 100% were able to successfully launch a small enterprise and begin saving funds to support their families!

Our Collective Impact




Meet Joan

A mother of 3 children, Joan’s life quickly changed when she gave birth to baby Komodo.  Komodo was born with cerebral paralyses.  Joan’s husband abandoned the family, claiming that his family did not produce children “of that kind.”  Joan was left with no other option but to serve as both mother and father for her children.  She was a dedicated mother but life was incredibly hard: she could not guarantee food or survival from one day to the next.

Joan’s life again changed when she had the opportunity to enroll in Abide Family Center’s business training – this time, for the better.  While she learned about how to start a small business, baby Komodo received food and nutrition support.  With the start-up funds she received from Abide, Joan was able to launch her own grocery business.  Today, Joan’s business is going well, and she can manage to purchase basic food and necessities for herself and her children.  They no longer sleep on empty stomachs.

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs and skills fund.

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