Annet’s generous spirit is particularly evident when it comes to her role as a mother. Annet not only cares for her 6 children, but also 2 more children, Irene and Ana. Irene is the daughter of Annet’s brother who died of HIV. Ana is the daughter of Annet’s neighbor.
Ana was born to two alcoholic parents. They often would be abusive towards Ana during their drunken nights. As a result, Ana often went hungry and unkempt. When Annet saw the situation Ana was in, she knew immediately she had to do something.
“I saw the situation and took Ana out of it because she was going to die,” says Annet quietly.
Annet has cared for Ana for almost two years now. Thanks to Annet’s compassion, Ana has fully recovered. Behind Ana’s joy is Annet, who treats Ana as if she were one of her own.
Annet is no stranger to entrepreneurship. In fact, she’s the owner of numerous small businesses located right within the Namatala. She currently sells Chenga (broken rice) and, charcoal, and repairs clothing. With her sewing skills, Annet is able to create tote bags, purses, clothing, and make basic alterations to clothes. Through the support of 1000 Shillings, Annet has been able to grow her tailoring business.
A TYPICAL DAY
A typical day for Annet begins early in the morning around 4 a.m. when she wakes up to pray. Following right after her morning prayers, she prepares her children for school, and b. By 6 a.m., she leaves her home to sell chenga (also known as ‘broken rice’) in the Namatala marketplace. Annet does this work in addition to her tailoring business in so she can earn money to support her family. Eventually, she returns home in the evening to begin prepping supper for her children.
“Providing everything for them is difficult,” says Annet calmly, “However, I love being a mother. My children are my greatest joy.”