Apwoyo! Greetings from Atiak, Northern Uganda. As a group of women living in former war-region of Northern Uganda, Africa, we wish to not only improve our lives but our community. We are survivors. We have survived armed conflict, child abductions, mutilations and torture, rape and sex slavery, the massacre of our families, HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty and IDP camps. The Acholi people have suffered so much from the war with LRA rebels and we are all ready to move on. We are not despondent and we do not give up that easily. Please read on to find out more about our business and how you can invest responsibly in the development of our region.
The membership comprises of 19 women and with their children and family, there are a little over 100 people that benefit from AWBG. All members are former beneficiaries of the Nyara pilot program.
We have developed, through the assistance and training provided by Caleb’s Hope, a female small-business development group with our own counsel and governing body. We have named ourselves AWBG – Atiak Women’s Business Group. This group is open to women in the rural community who are serious about developing entrepreneurial skills so they can lift themselves out of poverty, have great success as a business woman, and teach our children that you can change your life. With the development of Nyara Learning Center in the region, we look forward to welcoming future graduates of this program to join our collective.
We began our business training in 2009 with paper bead jewellery making. While this venture has brought us some success and a lot of confidence, we wish to expand our skills and our reach in business by entering into agriculture. This includes organic farming, shea production, and cattle-rearing. We are a committed group of women, both young and old, changing the face of Northern Uganda. We hope you will support us in our new initiative.
With Caleb’s Hope, AWBG has implemented its own village banking program. AWBG members have their own micro-lending program in place to help members in times of need. Whether it’s needing money for seedlings, buying household goods, or wishing to go back to school for a workshop or improve her skills, the micro-lending program is there to serve the AWBG membership.
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