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Stories From the Field

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...

Justine met her current husband at church. Together, they had a small kiosk where he rented out movies and this is what they depended on for income...

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...

Born into a polygamous family, Nuru was raised by her grandfather along with 37 children in the family. Because of her family size and education not being a priority, Nuru was only allowed to complete primary school. After moving in with her brother and trying...

Florence Wanyana, commonly known, as “Mama Jane” is 18 years old, has two children and lives in Bulenga. Born into a family with 22 children, her father was a butcher and her mother a stay-at-home mom. She dropped out of school in S.1 due to...