My Personal Assets Map

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Posted September 28, 2015 from Uganda

My biggest dream is to empower women economically. I remember when my dad passed away, my late grandmother told me she married at a very early age and this made her very vulnerable in her marriage and as a result she suffered physical, emotional and physiological torture. She therefore resorted to looking for a job and was able to build herself a house and move out of her marital home. She lived a very comfortable and very peaceful life until she went to be with the Lord.

When I started working with communities I noticed that there are many women who are suffering silently and as a result their children suffer. This was when I decided that the only way women can be liberated is if they are economically empowered. Most women in the village are married at a very early age and by the age of twenty eight they have had about six of seven children or even more. This is because they didn’t know that about family planning. This then puts a strain on the family and ends up in domestic violence and the cycle continue where the girls are married off at an early age because the strain on the family is too much.

I am proud of my people skills. I love interacting with people and this has helped interact with many people in the rural areas and as a result I am able to understand how they view life. I am also proud of the fact that I know how to use the internet to my advantage. I have been able to work with United Nations Volunteers online and engage with any volunteers from around the world. I have also been able to connect and interact and learn from very many women on the world pulse network.

Our community in Buikwe district inspires me a lot. It is about 82kilometres from Kampala, and the community is based by the shores of lake Victoria. They are very reserved and conservative community because they feel so left out. The road network is so bad and many truck drivers exploit them by buying the lake sand at a very low price and the trucks end worsening their road network.

We bought land in the community to start farming and because of our people skills we were welcomed into this community and we have tried to help them where we can. We have managed to get clothes from friends and family and well wishers which we have donated to this community. And for those whose children have studied up to diploma level we have been able to get them jobs within the city and other parts of Uganda. This has helped the community believe in what we are doing for them and we therefore feel safe in this small town called Lukonda.

I am blessed to have a very understanding husband and friend who advises me on what to do and what not to do. Since we have been doing farming nearly two years he has been my rock and we have been able to serve this community much better.

I want to use the resources that I have access to, like networking and connecting with many people through great platforms like world pulse and UNV online to ensure that the voice of the women within this small community are heard. Since it is remote area the network is so bad and there is no power so by interacting with them I can be their voice.

My passion is for these women to be economically empowered because then they are able to ensure that their children are well educated and looked after. For those already engaged in farming we are linking them to markets within Lugazi and Gayaza and Kampala as well. And we are encouraging them to farm in groups so that they can be more commercial and the price for their produce will be higher.

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Mkandeh
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Wow Anita!

You are doing such an amazing job. Your ability to mobilize people for a common good is profound. I believe with your hard work you will surely achieve your goals. You have a great ambition. Keep it up. You ae an inspiration.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Thanks Kandeh,

Thank you for beleiveing in me and supporting me. It means alot. I know we shall interact more on this great platform as we get to know each other.

Stay blessed my dear.

annadassa
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Dear Anita,

What a story of Hope! I like the story of your late grandmother how she made through life no matter what! And how you learned from her. Be finacially free takes a burden off many families but educating ourselves is a pre. Thank you Anita for doing this loving work for your people.

I hope to learn more from you and the work you are doing........

Grace and Peace,

Annadassa

FUNMI AKERELE
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Anita,

You are indeed a star. economic independence is crucial for every woman and you are doing a great work in helping to educate and create avenue for these women. well done

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

Dear Funmi,

Thank you so much for your support and encourgement. It has not been an easy journey but by the grace of God we are grateful for the positive changes and those yet ahead.

God bless you

Kadidia Doumbia
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 03, 2015

Anita,

Congratulations on your achievement! It is a great project.

Women and especially girls need more protection against early marriages. It is a human right violation but rarely addressed.

Education seems the only way to help females get out of this social emprisonment, this is one of the reasons why the UN is pushing for access to education for all children. The other side is the education of communities and boys so that they will grow up respecting the opposite gender.

This is a wonderful story. Thank you to keep informed here at the Worldpulse family.

Hannah B
Oct 08, 2015
Oct 08, 2015

Anita,

Thank you for sharing about your work and the village that you are living in!  I think that your mission is a good one, and that you will have much success in helping to empower the women there through listening and connecting them with resources.  I wonder if the women would want to share some of their stories online if you were able to connect them with computers? It sounds like it might be difficult where you live, but it would be fascinating to hear their stories and it might be empowering for them to connect to this global platform.

I wish you all of the best in your work!

Hannah

SanPatagonia
Oct 08, 2015
Oct 08, 2015

Anita... such an inspiring story! I could feel your passion coming across and your profound commitment to what you believe should be a reality for every women. I read "I can be their voice" and immediately thought of all the stories you will bring to this forum, all the fights and inspiration, all the experiences to uplift us all...

I am willing to take that road to Lukonda and its community through your words!

Keep strong!