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.