Day 1 in Namuwongo

Today I took video, not photos, so I don't have anything to upload. But I had a good day! I headed down to Namuwongo at 9am, arriving there a little before 10am. We headed down into the community and talked to a number of the ladies from Nawezakana in either their homes or at their stalls where they sell produce or cooked food. Mary, who we have helped since the beginning, is doing great. Her son Festo is in his first year at university, studying law; ...

My February trip is right around the corner!

I'm leaving in 5 weeks! I can't believe it. Since we only went to Uganda once in 2012, it has been so LONG since I've been there (we went in May) and I'm so anxious and grateful to get be getting back. So what's on the agenda this trip? It's going to be a whirlwind! Since I'm going by myself for the first time, I shortened the trip by a week, giving me 2 weeks on the ground. That's not a lot of time, especially when getting around takes so much time. I'm o

The hard working ladies of Namuwongo

One of the things Ten Eighteen Inc. does in Uganda is micro-business grants. Notice I didn't say micro-business loans, which is all the rage right now. The reason for this is simple: there is virtually no way for these women to repay a loan and still improve their quality of living, pay their school fees, buy food, and pay rent. None. A  lot of organizations do loans, and, in theory I guess it makes sense (our family chooses not to have debt except for on