You are young, have a family with small children and have contracted HIV. You cannot work because of the illness or find employment because of the stigma associated with HIV so you are unable to provide for your family. You live in a rural community in on one of the poorest continents. But now, you’ve been given a second chance because you are receiving treatment for AIDS, and you’re feeling stronger, more capable – ready to go back to work. Because of the impact of the illness, your life is in shambles. You have to start all over again. What do you do? What are your days like? Do you have a compelling future?
For thousands of families in Uganda this is their life. This is not a hypothetical situation. So how do they begin to make a successful transformation? The answer: With their own businesses.
The solution is not a matter of funds it is a matter of self-reliance. Imagine being given the tools to create, manage and profit from your own business when there are no other opportunities available. Now what are your days like? Do you have a compelling future?
Just Like My Child
Foundation is making microenterprise a reality for many families in Uganda through Project GRACE. Microenterprise has emerged as one of the most powerful ways to empower those living in poverty. Just Like My Child worked together with the people in the communities they serve and asked the questi
on: “what do you need to empower yourself, to take the next step in life?” The answer was Project GRACE: Guiding Resources and Creating Empowerment in the most needy communities
Project GRACE provides a small loan (poultry or livestock) together with intensive training to healthy, self-motivated individuals with HIV to create a self-sustaining business that will support their families and send their children to school. They learn how to raise and shelter the animals while budgeting and setting prices for their goods at market. They are taught how to use their garden and livestock together in sustainable and environmentally healthy ways. The gardens help feed the animals, and the animals provide natural fertilizer for the garden.
Each of the participants help to expand the program in their communities by donating two of their own animal’s offspring back to Bishop Asili’s Hospital in rural Uganda so that another family can become self-reliant. It is a cycle of transformation rather than a cycle of poverty.
Project GRACE participants support each other and work together to succeed. They are role models for other members in their community. They encourage others to be tested for HIV at Bishop Asili, raising awareness and hope for others to overcome the virus. By working together, they move closer to eradicating a stigma widely held in Uganda towards individuals with HIV/AIDS.
$300 provides an entire family of 6 with a complete sustainable business. Invest TODAY in Just Like My Child and help us empower communities to achieve self-sustenance and break the cycle of poverty.
To learn more about Project GRACE, watch the inspiring video at the top of this post.
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