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Family Empowerment Program 

Microfinance Freedom, Feel the Hope.

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We help Ugandan women pool resources, create microfinance programs, and support each other's business. When you give, you help these women break the cycle of poverty, change an entire family's economic status, and create stability in once-devastated communities.

A total of 65 people have been helped so far by our Family Empowerment Program, including 16 women caretakers and their children. These women have been able to grow small businesses in the following industries: grocery, food vending, agriculture (tomatoes, maize and soybeans), mushroom growing, retail shops, a piggery project and a charcoal and firewood business. After 3-5 years, the women should be able to independently and adequately provide for themselves and their families.

Our locally-created program empowers women by training them in valuable skills, giving them counseling and psychosocial support, as well as guiding essential income generating projects. The participants — all women who have one Children of Uganda sponsored child — were carefully selected based on their vulnerability, health condition, age and the number of orphaned children in their care.

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Madinah is now closer to her big dream.


Ms. Madinah Nalunkuuma is the mother of one of Children of Uganda’s students and one of the strong women being supported by our Family Empowerment Program. In 2012, Madinah had a subsistence business selling cattle hooves from which she earned a meager living. The work was hard: she needed to boil the hooves during the day and then had to carry them in a bucket moving from place to place to sell them to different people every evening. The work involved a lot of labor and long journeys for small amounts of income. Children of Uganda could see how she was struggling and in 2012, under the Family Empowerment Program, decided to support her.

“I don’t earn so much more than I used to, but I am secure,

and saved from the long distances I used to move.”

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Meet Florence. Read Her Story!


Florence Batenga is one of the remarkable women currently participating in Children of Uganda’s new Family Empowerment Program (FEP). When our Ugandan staff first met Florence, she was struggling to feed herself and her 4 children — none of whom were able to attend school. Florence’s husband abandoned the family and so she was left alone to make ends meet. Fortunately, her eldest son Michael was selected for sponsorship in 2012 and shortly thereafter Florence was asked to join our FEP case study.

“I witnessed poverty unlike anything I’ve ever seen

— yet these women were filled with joy and excitement.”

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