Sara knows about the power of hope. She is a single mother who has suffered abuse and discrimination. Sara was also born with a disability that limits her physically. As a member of Diar Foundation, Sara gained the skills, confidence and support she needed to overcome these obstacles and be self-sufficient. She now runs a small school out of her home and lives by the motto: “If others can, why not me?”
As a young, single mother, living with the disappointments of dropping out of school and rearing her child alone, Immaculate’s “future was not clear.” Everyone saw marriage as her only way out, but Immaculate was uncertain, since her previous relationship had ended so poorly. She felt trapped and confused, “neither willing nor refusing” to move forward.
This all changed when Immaculate found Diar Foundation’s livelihood training program. “I realized that I could move on in life. I also realized that marriage was not the ultimate way out of that state. That even in marriage it would be very good if I had an income and [could] support my partner and our entire family.”
This future planning is already underway, as Immaculate has visions of renting a room in the Trading Center. With additional support, she could power a fridge to supply her customers with cold drinks and give her the ability to cook at the center, rather than transporting hot food and soups from across busy roads. All this would allow Immaculate “to take [her] child to a good school other than the cheap ones which are not good and are very far away to walk on foot.” She also hopes to one day own her own land to build a home, a home for her child, herself, and their future.
Aganyira was given 20 kg of seeds and 2 acres of land. As a student of the Diar Foundation’s women’s farming program, Aganyira learned to plant, care for, and harvest these seeds. After a successful farming season, Aganyira harvested 300 kg of beans. Utilizing her knowledge learned in our program, she was able to see that prices in the market were low, so she made the decision to wait until next season to sell when prices would be better. This decision paid off, and she was able to use her profits to buy 2 cross-bred high-quality goats to provide milk for her family and as a farming aid. With the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all her 5 children decided to ai their mother in planting beans. Each child was given 1 ½ acres of beans totaling 7.5 additional acres their family will plant this season. Aganyira has taken the initiative to include her goats in a local crossbreeding initiative to acquire more goats of even higher quality of which their meat is in more expensive and in high demand in the market.
“I thank the Diar Foundation for its great and vision and objectives which are geared towards developing a woman and empowering them holistically, and I call upon all women to fully embrace the projects of the Diar Foundation because they are here to transform all the women in the district and the country at large.” – Aganyira Florence
Abefaise was also given 20 kgs of seeds, and yielded 350 kg of beans. The profit Abefaise made from selling her beans allowed her to pay the pending balance on a plot of land for her small business. It also allowed her to pay the school fees for her children in primary school. Abefaise plans on planting beans on 2 acres of land this season, and reserve some of the beans for home consumption for her family due to the collapse of the food supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I greatly thank the Diar Foundation for its projects that are transforming women and letting them understand that a woman is also important and can support her family hand-in-hand with their husbands. The Diar Foundation has opened the minds of women who have been sleeping and waiting for their husbands to provide everything.” – Abefaise Nambule
Janet used her knowledge from our small business education program to start a pig project. She started with 2 piglets, one male and one female. Janet raised these piglets, and soon after the pigs produced offspring. Some piglets were sold for profit, and some were kept to expand the project. Janet used this profit to buy another pig to introduce into the program, as well as a goat to provide milk and farming assistance to her family.
“I call upon women in Hoima District to join hands and give full support to the Diar Foundation in its effort to empower a girl-child and women at large.” – Janet Edith Katwesige
Sarah was a participant in our seed program. Sarah was generous enough to give some seeds to women who were not participants and planted the rest, generating profit. Sarah paid for her children’s primary school with this profit and used the rest to begin her own pig project with 7 piglets.
“I cannot show my joy for the Diar Foundation because of the COVID-19 pandemic which does not allow us to hug, but I thank the management of the Diar Foundation for its project of bean seeds which has transformed women in Hoima.” – Sarah Nyakoto
Frida was also a participant in our seed program, yielding profit from beans. Frida used her innovation garnered from Diar Foundation training to recognize a piece of her plot of land was ideal for rice growing, so she took the initiative to begin growing rice. Frida sees this project as being able to increase the sustainability of her farm and family.
“Because of the lessons from the Diar Foundation of taking up any opportunity to expand with in your surroundings, I was able to start growing rice because we had a certain part of our land which was good for rice, and this will bring development in the family and already we have been greatly improved by the beans project.” – Frida Aturinda
Florence used the profit from her bean yield and also began a pig project. Using the profit from the project she started a groundnut project with the help of the Diar Foundation and from her two acre garden harvested groundnuts. This was a great moment for Florence because groundnuts yield far more profit at the market.
“I greatly happily welcome and thank the Diar Foundation for the great work done in our area which has created a greater impact on the women of the area. I distributed some of the bens to the other women in the group who were unable to receive because the Bible encourages that giving is a blessing.” – Florence Bigambwenga
Sarah used her profit gained as a participant in our seed program to start a unique small business endeavor, a clothing boutique! Now running two small businesses, farm yields and a clothing boutique, Sarah continues to use the profit from her seed yields to fund her operations and expand her clothing boutique.
“I see myself expanding my boutique for clothes out of the money I got from my businesses with the help of the Diar Foundation, because now my project is doing well and is improving my family.” – Sarah Aganyire
Florence was a member of our seed program, and through her profit was able to raise enough money to buy a wheelchair for her disabled son. She went further and gave seeds to her sister, who also started a farming program of her own. Her sister gives her a portion of her profit yield for the transaction.
“Out of the money from the beans given to me by the Diar Foundation, I raised money to pay for the wheel chair of my son who is disabled.” – Florence Twinonaomugisha
As a participant of our seed program, Milly used her farm yield profit to buy the services of a tractor to clear her new land on a large scale. Using this profit, she has expanded her yield and greatly improved her family life and income.
“I thank the Diar Foundation for this wonderful project in the area, which has improved the lives of women and I call upon women all over the District to work and to accept the transformation skills taught by the Diar Foundation.” – Milly Mugisa