ALL IN A NAME
“I named him Emmanuel because he was born on Christmas Day.”
Mercy named her four children to honor her parents and to celebrate significant events in her life. Her daughters Juliet and Calea are named after her mother and her aunt, two women she respects and loves dearly. Her daughter Favor is named to acknowledge the favor or peace that her birth to a difficult time Mercy was having in her life. Lastly, Emmanuel, her youngest and only boy got his name because he was born on Christmas day.
Currently, Mercy sells charcoal to people that live near her in Namatala. She enjoys the work and is able to sell outside of her house, which enables her to care for her youngest children. Selling charcoal has allowed her to rent her home and feed her children; however, she is worried about the cost of school fees and wants to expand her business to earn more so she can save for the cost of her children to go to school. With her grant from 1000 Shillings, Mercy plans to start selling small baked goods to children. She can cook these small snacks at her home and sell them as children walk to school or return home at the end of the day.