The women of ROWAN (Rural Orphans and Widows AIDS Network) in Mawanga, Uganda, all are HIV positive. Some of these women come quite a distance by boda boda in order to learn a trade and earn a sustainable income in their very rural, poor district. Buying any of the pajama shorts (even at our current very discounted price) gives them a weekly salary and the ability to learn from our teacher/supervisor so that they can have a skill for life.
The women of Nawezakana at Ray of Hope MInistries in the Namuwongo slums of Kampala have been meeting as a group for nearly a decade. They’ve mentored each other, taken care of each other during illnesses, shared food and charcoal when they could. What they’ve needed is a chance.
Ten Eighteen has done microbusiness grants for years, helping most of these women start small businesses. Now we have the opportunity to give them a regular, sustainable income, not dependent on rainy season or walking miles to the local produce market. We’ve started with 6 women, but our hope is to grow it, and to bring in apprentices.
Purchasing the pajama or palazzo pants, aprons, bags and jewelry pays their salaries, keeps their machines in working order, pays for our supervisor/teacher, and the shipping to bring their items to the States. We also hope to bring two electric machines over in March, since Ray of Hope *usually* has power, and it will improve both quality and speed.
By helping these women, you’re giving hope to their families. Most have HIV/AIDS. All have been widowed or abandoned by their husbands. All have children who only attend school thanks to donations which pay the school fees.
For all of them, let me say THANK YOU for using Ndoto to give holiday gifts that give back, gifts with a heart.