Cornavirus and lockdown in Uganda was extremely challenging for the women. As markets were closed many of their small businesses could not continue. This meant great financial hardship. The "no work no food appeal" enabled the local churches to provide food to the poorest of the poor.
As part of Amaha We Uganda's development work, women were given seed to plant to provide food for this season and avoid famine. The women planted and the crops, in the main, are growing very well. Some areas experienced drought and crops failed. However in other areas crops are doing very well. Harvest is expected to be in November and this harvest will be shared with those women's groups who either did not receive seed or whose crops failed. Hopefully they will also be able to keep enough for re-planting in the next season.
Some of the women are amongst the group looking after the tree nurseries.
Many women are also struggling to pay back their loans because they have been unable to work. Hopefully this will improve as markets are now reopened.
The team, on a rota basis, have met with each women's groups monthly, in fellowship, to encourage and inspire them. The reduction in funding means this will no longer be possible. However the team will be talking to potential leaders among the women's groups in order to train them and ask them to keep up the momentum with the groups in their areas. The women have been divided in five zones with training in each zone: Bwera, Kajwenge, Kasese, Kitswamba and Kabatunda.
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Updated October 2020
To read about the history of the women's groups here