Members of Tusuubira VSLA in a savings group. They sit in a circle where each of them can clearly see what’s going on to ensure transparency.
Degeya Swabura Zawedde at her retail shop.
In July 2016, Children of Uganda continued the success of its Family Empowerment Program by setting up three more VSLA groups in Kampala and Mukono districts. The groups are: Blessed VSLA in Kampala district, Baagalana (meaning love for one another) VSLA and Tusuubira (meaning hope) VSLA, in Mukono district.
While none of these groups have started income generating projects yet, the members are happy and proud that they are putting regular savings aside and it’s because of the VSLAs. The mindsets of the members have changed greatly since the groups began. Now they even plan to develop as a collaborative team because it’s easier and cheaper.
They are considering projects like planting trees and buying land in the near future for the benefit of all their families.
Degeya Swabura Zawedde, one of the group members from Tusuubira VSLA, borrowed money from the group and used it to boost her business. She invested it in her retail shop.
“I did not sell sugar and maize flour before, and I would miss some customers and money. I am happy now that I bought a sack of sugar as well as maize, among other products. Thank you COU for supporting us with VSLAs,” Swabura said.
Swabura explains that her profits from the shop have improved since her investment and she can now provide for her family without much difficulty.
It’s clear that Children of Uganda’s efforts towards family empowerment are already generating effective results. The future for the supported guardians as well as their children has quickly become bright and promising.
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