Akumu Betty

Akumu Betty

At 16 years old, Betty was forced to marry a stranger in exchange for a dowry that would be paid to her family.  She was mistreated, abused, and treated as a piece of property by her husband.  Some days she even feared for her life.  Eventually, she fled and was hospitalized from the injuries she endure from the abuse. After she recovered, she decided to stay in Gulu in search of a better life for her and her children.  Through working at KKU, Betty has been able to buy household and food items, and has begun to save a portion of her income so she can eventually start her own business and invest in her children’s education.

“My future plan is to save money so that when my contract expires, I can establish an IGA (small business) to earn a living from.”

“The most wonderful thing about Northern Uganda nowadays is the rights of people including the freedom of choice that have been reinforced by the authorities.”

“I love crocheting because it keeps me busy and away from my worries. Crocheting also earned me an income to support my family.”

“Love means holding your neighbors at heart so dearly.”

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  1. Simran Jassar

    Dear Akumu Betty,

    Thank you for creating such a beautiful hat; I will think of you each time I wear it. Your story is truly inspirational, and it is extremely unfortunate that bad things happen to good people. Seeing that you are doing well is motivational to push myself to grow as a woman. I wish you luck in your journey to begin your own business!

    All of the best,

    Simran Jassar

  2. Karla Liñan

    Hello my name is Karla and i’m from México. Thanks for doing amazing things. A friend buy me a hat, and i’m so proud of wearing the hat that you made. Sorry about how i write my english is not really good haha.
    Hope you’re having a good new year.
    A lot of love from México (:

  3. Melanie

    Hi Akumu Betty, I received a precious little hat ornament that you knitted and wanted to say thank you for sharing your talent with the world. Bless you. – Melanie

  4. Alejandro Marin

    Dear Akumu!

    Thank you for the beautiful mini wallet you made! God Bless!


  5. Mary Wnek

    Dear Akumu Betty,

    Thank you so much for the beautiful hat you knitted, it is beautiful and I loved it as soon as I saw it. I pray much success for you and your family in the future and Gods blessings to you.

    Thank you again, Mary Wnek

  6. Summer Ratcliff

    Dear Akumu Betty,

    You crocheted a beautiful and perfect hat. I will think of you every time I wear it. I will pray for you and your family for a beautiful future!

    Thank you for the warm beanie. It will keep me very warm in my new home in Anchorage, Alaska.


  7. Amy Mascetta

    Dear Akumu Betty,

    Thanks so much for making my little girl’s hat. It’s is beautiful. I will think of you every time I put it on her. Thank you! I wish I could post a pic for you to see how happy she is.