Juliet Konde is a member of Gakuweebwa munno Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA). When Children of Uganda introduced a VSLA at her village as part of our Family Empowerment Program, Juliet joined and immediately started saving. From the first two ‘group share outs,’ she bought two young pigs, her first step in starting up a piggery project. She chose this project because she’d raised pigs before and felt she had enough experience — it would be the ideal project for her among the many options she had.
Within the group’s second cycle, Juliet borrowed money and used it to construct a pig sty. Today, she has more than five mature pigs in a sty of more than six sections. After the VSLA’s current cycle’s share out, she plans to put concrete in the remaining sections of the sty and also invest more into her piggery project.
“I encourage all women to join VSLA groups immediately because it is one of the best ways to fight poverty among other benefits. Thanks to Children of Uganda for involving us in such a developmental group. You showed us the light” — Juliet Konde
It’s a very big milestone for Juliet to be able to run such a project. Without the resources provided by the VLSA, she never would have been able to start this project. It’s also a huge accomplishment for Children of Uganda to see how effectively we are able to empower one of the community members. It’s a critical step toward eradicating poverty, one of the components of our mission.
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