In Uganda, Prosy moves from disability to ability

In Uganda, Prosy moves from disability to ability

Looking back at her life before skills training, Prosy, a 23-year-old woman with a disability in her left leg, wonders where she would be if not for the food security, livelihood and entrepreneurship skills training she’s received from FRB’s Uganda-Kireka Lweza program at the Lweza Rehabilitation Center for disabled youth.

Rehabilitation Center students are disproving the widespread Ugandan belief that people with disabilities are unable to care for themselves or contribute to their communities. These students are now earning incomes, growing their own food, selling or bartering their extra production, starting small business, training others and working as consultants.

Prosy was orphaned early by the deaths of her parents from HIV & AIDS, and went to live with her grandmother. An accident at the age of 13 left her with a permanent disability and ended her formal education. She enrolled at the Rehabilitation Center at 18 and learned cosmetology and tailoring.

Upon completing her training, she was not immediately able to earn a living because she didn’t have the necessary start-up capital for a small business. When the FRB/ADRA livelihood and food security program got started at the institution, Prosy was eager to sign up. “The livelihood training was for all the youths at the Center, so I attended all the theory and practical sessions I could on vegetable growing, mushroom growing and entrepreneurship skills. Little did I know that this would be a turning point for me and my family.”The trainees receive seed kits according to their interests. Prosy requested the raw materials for growing mushrooms and vegetables, and taught her whole family what she knew. Since June 2012, Prosy has continued to grow and sell her mushrooms to neighboring households and to some supermarkets farther afield.

Prosy says, “With the income from the mushroom project, I have been able to buy local chickens and sell their eggs as well. I’ve also begun a piggery project from which I expect much more income.” She now helps her grandmother with household expenses, and can afford to take her to the clinic when necessary. Prosy is thrilled to be passing on her skills to others at the Center, knowing she’s making a huge difference in their lives as they all leave behind the belief that they are “disabled” and fully embrace the fact that they are able.

Uganda-Kireka Lweza encompasses 1 community, 60 households and 420 individuals.

12/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment