Rose, aged 23, is a member of Pitek Ki mon Group and is married with two children. The biggest challenge in her home before joining VacNet-WGEF's program was gender based violence. “My house was not a home to live in,” Rose says. She felt inadequate to confront her husband, and access the justice she was entitled to, When her husband would return home each day, they would quarrel on almost every issue, creating contention and danger. Rose’s husband stopped her from participating in any economic activity or joining any saving group. She had given up on autonomy, dignity and freedom.

However, things changed when they both attended the gender training which provides important  information and resources of where and who to turn to in our community for support when facing violence and communication challenges.

Rose’s husband listened to the testimonies of other men who were peacefully living with their wives and was inspired to change his behavior and improve his relationship with Rose. This brought important changes in their home, including less violence, joint decision making, and the space for Rose to participate in her community.

Rose has since started rearing goats and has increased the number to 20 goats. She currently buys and sells rice, and has been able to save money and buy important household items, including a bed, mattress, chairs and curtains.

Recently, when their daughter was sick, Rose’s husband asked for time off from school to join Rose at hospital where their daughter was admitted.  Now Rose and her husband are co-parenting and working together in important ways.

“I feel confident and I have a voice in my family, constantly when I’m challenged I call a toll free line provided by WGEF for instant advice and support”

“Thank you VacNet and WGEF for providing women like me knowledge and resources to access justice.  I hope this program be expanded to reach more women in my community”. — Rose (Nwoya District)

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My tears of joy rolled down, my heart beat First as I visited Lilly in Koro- Gulu. Her warm welcome and embracing me with a real hug was enough to explain her feeling, she said:

I have kept this gift for you for so long you gave me the means, you made me hopeful again, you made me feel important and helped get a position in my community, you made me realize my resources. The training and small amount money you borrowed me has changed my life I will never forget you” said Lilly

Lilly is among many amazing women that we support. I stayed in their village for 3 days, trained them in business skills and provided them with micro loans for their agro business. Then she had no food, no business and livestock but she had her family land. After harvests now she has 6 hectares of rice, 2 hectares of cassava, 4 cows, 10 goats, 19 chickens. She is able to educate her children. I’m very lucky to have worked with Lilly and many other women on their journey to get out poverty and I do this with a team of committed individuals, partners in Uganda and with you, this achievement is for all of us.

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Updated: Jan 27

New Year’s Eve is a time that we can reflect on how we’ve made an impact on the human race. We all love a good celebration and we are looking ahead to 2020 with hope to create a sustainable empowerment.

Our 2020 Focus

  1. Supporting women entrepreneurs in creating successful and viable businesses.

  2. Expanding literacy opportunities; this critical program has delivered important outcomes on self esteem, agency, business viability, and communication.

  3. Fully supporting the Healthy Periods Initiative by providing consistent resources and education to schools and refugee camps across the region.

  4. Expanding and highlighting the Access to Justice Initiative’s work to facilitate community dialogue and action on issues of human rights and reducing child marriage in northern Uganda.

Together we will make our commitment count. Happy new year 2020 from all of us at VacNet

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