By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa
Creating a beautiful world, a world full of hope for a better tomorrow. A world with transformed communities and families.
With encouragement from local CFCA staff and regular follow-up, the groups steadily came together, and today they stand tall and proud.
CFCA encourages the families we serve around the world to gradually build a pathway toward economic self-sufficiency and sustainability.
“In the African setting, a woman is not held in high esteem,” said Teddy Naluwu, coordinator of CFCA’s Kampala project in Uganda. “Her role in the family setting is child bearing and managing the kitchen.
“At CFCA-Uganda, we had to change this kind of mentality. We had to empower our women, and this was best done through sponsored self-help groups,” said Teddy, the Uganda Project coordinator.
During the September awareness trip to Uganda, mothers from 13 sponsored self-help groups came together and organized an exhibition. Some of the things on display were hair braids, pots, woven mats and juices made from various fruits.
The women proudly talked to the sponsors about their products and their work.
“As a group we had a farm where we planted passion fruits and grew some tree seedlings. The passion fruits did very well and we started making passion fruit juice for sale,” said the representative for the Peace of Tweyambe self-help group.
The mothers take pride in their work and their achievement. Their faces light up with passion as they explain what they do as a means of livelihood.
“Mothers who are involved in the income-generating activities have acquired better lifestyles,” Teddy said. “Their families are able to get supplementary income from the activities and they are able to acquire additional knowledge from one another through the culture of learning, which is a characteristic of CFCA.”
“Families have been able to enroll their children in higher institutions of learning since they can now add to the funds offered by CFCA.”
The transformation among the women is evident. They no longer feel irrelevant. They hold leadership positions that have cultivated their esteem and boosted their confidence.
Though the women have taken up different income-generating activities, one thing remains constant amongst these mothers: the desire to make the best out of what they have to make a better future for their children.
These Ugandan women have defied all odds. For a mother in the CFCA program, her family’s livelihood is what she holds close to her heart as she works towards a brighter tomorrow.