Pursuing Her Dreams: Akello Josephine09.05.2012
Akello Josephine was faced with struggle at an early age when she developed a strange disease, which could not be medically diagnosed and left her physically handicapped for six years. Her father’s unexpected passing as a child thrust her family into poverty and she was forced to drop out of school.
As an adult Josephine and her husband continued to battle poverty, working any way they could. Between their two jobs they were struggling to provide for themselves and their son.
In May of 2011 Josephine joined the Krochet Kids Uganda program. She has since flourished; she no longer has to worry about sustaining a stable source of income and can now afford to send her son to school, for which she is very grateful. She has also begun selling tomatoes to her colleagues in the workplace as a supplement to her income crocheting. She says, “It is the first time that I have worked together with a group of women and I have learned how to live among them.”
In addition to wages that have made living easier, Josephine also has received a number of trainings through the KKUganda program on topics such as reproductive health, conflict management, business management, and agricultural business, that she feels have been incredibly beneficial. She has also become a member of Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO), which allows Josephine to save for ventures that she and her family hope to achieve in their future.
Through the KKUganda program Josephine is finally able to pursue her dream of buying a plot of land for a family home and is working towards a business plan to plant pine trees for a commercial purpose.
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