As a single mother of seven, Martha firmly believes in a woman’s financial independence.
“Let’s do something as women,” says Martha triumphantly, “Let’s not just wait around for support from a man."
Martha’s first priority for her business was to earn enough income to pay the school fees for her children’s education “When I saw that the tuition fee of my children was increasing, I realized I needed to do more,” says Martha proudly. “1000 Shillings enabled me to allow my children to obtain education.”
We are proud to share that Martha has exceeded her goals, and become a source of inspiration to other women in the Namatala community.
With her microgrant,Martha used the capital to grow her chenga (broken rice) business. Not only is she the head of this start-up and her own boss, but also the employer to many other workers. She is able to employ other women to help her mill for her rice business.
Martha also frequently provides business advice and guidance, lessons she learned through the 1000 Shillings program, to other women hoping to start their own businesses. She has become a mentor in the community.
The money Martha earns through her business is invested into the future of her children, more specifically into their education. Six of her children are in private school, which has a fee for every term. The most expensive tuition for one child is 180,000 Shillings per term–an unthinkable amount one year ago. With her business, Martha is able to pay the tuition for all of her children, the greatest gift of the past year’s successes.
Martha is an accomplished business woman in Namatala, she is setting an amazing example for her children, as well as the Namatala community, for what is possible.
“LET’S DO SOMETHING AS WOMEN,” SAYS MARTHA TRIUMPHANTLY, “LET’S NOT JUST WAIT AROUND FOR SUPPORT FROM A MAN.”
Martha is a proud member of the “Amoraican” Women’s Group (Translation: ‘Let’s share.’ These women gather twice a month to participate in what they affectionately call a ‘revolving fund.’ Each member contributes 30,000 shillings (approx. $12) twice a month. The total amount collected, usually around 1.2 million Shillings (approx. $480) is awarded to one member of the group each month.
When asked why the group is named “Amoraican,” Martha replies, “When we first met, we targeted fighting poverty. We wanted the name to correspond with our activities. Let’s raise up the standard of women!”
The last time Martha received money from the fund was in March. She used the money to pay her children’s school fees.
Martha is providing for her family in ways that were previously unimaginable. Her seven children all attend school, and she has moved into a new home with a cement floor and iron roof.
When asked what she is most proud to have accomplished, Martha states,
“What I love the most is seeing that my children are healthy and in school. When they are happy, I’m happy.”