Stories From the Field

Before our business training, Sandra was selling old newspapers and candy on a mat in the streets. She could only afford one meal a day. She wasn't able to pay medical bills when her baby got sick. Sadly, her baby passed away at 10 months...

Rebecca’s dream was to become a midwife, but this all changed when she became pregnant while still in school. The men in her life were frustrated and discontinued paying her school fees. Life became miserable as she again became pregnant with the same father who...

“If it was not for my work I would be finished by now.” – Nagitta Prossy   For Prossy, hard work gives her joy. It has empowered her to raise her children after her husband died seven years ago. “Hard work keeps the smile on my face,” she says.     Prossy is...

Marcelina Aceng has pieced together her tailoring skills, her new Street Business School business training and her life experiences to create her own pathway out of poverty. She is motivated to grow her business so she can educate her children and build a house. “I...

Juliet is all smiles! She’s always been a hard worker and determined to reach her dream of owning a salon.  Today, she is beaming as she is well on her way to living this very dream for she and her two children.  Juliet saved money whenever she could...

My name is Yassin Ssemwogerere and I am 50 years old. I grew up in a polygamous family and didn’t get much of a formal education, so early on I learned how to fend for myself. In my culture, when a man comes of age, he...

SAFINA NAKITENDE Safina, 19, has known poverty all her life. She lives in Kito village situated in a wetland a few miles from Kampala city and home to low-income earners. She was raised in a large family of 11 and was only able to go to school...

MEET AGNES HAKIZIMANA Family has always been an integral part of Agnes’ life. The beautiful, soft spoken, 32-year old proud mother of four grew up in poverty in the Kisoro District of Western Uganda. Agnes’ mother struggled to support her and three siblings after her father...

Umazi Riziki was born in Mbale, Namanyonyi sub-county to a family of 7 children. Her father was a chef in a restaurant and her mother was a hair dresser and tailor. Umazi started living with her uncle when her mother died. She dropped out of...

For more than a decade, Marion Taylor has shared her innate passion for making a difference through her involvement with BeadforLife. She was one of the first volunteers and has supported our Girl’s Education Program. As we continue developing Street Business School, Marion is right...

Grace started her career as a young child. She helped her single mother sell food on market days in Mityana District, where she grew up. The earnings helped pay school fees for two siblings and herself. Sadly, the food sales were just not enough to take Grace to...