Teddy Namaganda and Goretti Nanyondo’s Story

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Teddy Namaganda and Goretti Nanyondo’s Story

Teddy and Goretti come from a family of nine children, and in 1985 their mother and
grandmother moved them away from the city to look for more fertile and affordable land to
farm. Living in a rural community resulted in a lack of access to financial resources and
medical care, bringing a stop the girls’ education and negatively affecting the overall health
of their family. Since moving, the sisters have laid to rest their grandmother and three
brothers. Today, the family home consists of three sisters and their aging, disabled mother
who had both legs amputated below the knee. Goretti is also a single mother, having been
abandoned after the birth of her daughter. Poverty was persistent and Teddy and Goretti
had few options to improve their futures and the circumstances of their family.
Teddy first encountered Salama SHIELD Foundation in 2004 and was approached to act as
a ssenga, a mentor to youth in her community. Meanwhile, in 2008, Goretti was chosen to
benefit from SSF’s Skills Training Program and after two years became a qualified tailor
and received a basic sewing machine. Also in 2008, Teddy and Goretti were selected to
become part of a microfinance group where they received training in fiscal management
and income generation. Through five cycles of SSF’s revolving loans, Goretti has multiplied
her pigs, purchased a better sewing machine and sells eggs produced by her chickens.
Teddy has steadily grown her vegetable and general goods stall, owns a tree nursery and
has purchased livestock. The sisters have improved their standard of living, are able to
provide healthy food for their family from their garden and have amassed a combined
savings of $150, an impressive feat in their rural community.
Salama SHIELD’s microfinance programs currently boast a 100% repayment rate! These
programs target “unbankable” women, those who are too poor to qualify for loans, lack
collateral and are culturally dependent on their husbands. Women become part of a group
of 5-20 other women from their village and take part in a business-training program. The
revolving loan scheme allows repaid interest to be re-loaned to current members who
want access to bigger loans, or to new members joining the group. Additionally, our goat
and pig programs are used to provide nutritional support, income generation and
development of entrepreneurial and animal husbandry skills to vulnerable youth and
families.

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