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Christine Adubango S Sudan Refugee

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Christine (55) is a widow living in Banda, on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. She has got four children aged between 28 and 34 years. They all left South Sudan for Banda because of the political turmoil. She is the only bread-winner of the household since her husband passed away. Only her youngest child studies, the rest are married.

Christine sells charcoal and she works from Monday to Sunday, 84 hours a week. The charcoal she sells is in high demand - the majority of her community use it as a source of energy for cooking food. She needs some money to grow her business at a higher pace, however being a refugee she is not eligible for any kind of loan from the local banks.

Christine asked Deki for a loan to buy 5 large bags of charcoal to develop her business and make more profit. She told our field officer that the profits she will make will be used to cater for her family’s needs and pay her child's tuition fees.

Field Partner: Hope Ofiriha

Hope Ofiriha

Hope Ofiriha was originally set up by 12 widows in 1996 to provide agricultural workshops to other widows living in the war torn Magwi county in South Sudan. These powerful women worked together to transform the lives of local women and children and the organisation has now expanded to helping Sudanese refugees stranded in slums in Kampala's outskirts (Uganda).
A half-century of near constant civil war has made South Sudan one of the poorest and most neglected places on Earth. Hope Ofiriha's mission is to promote positive change in South Sudanese women's lives through socially and financially sustainable programmes. As well as providing microloans it offers various support structures and skills training such as bookkeeping and data recording.

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Keith Bridget Margaret Susan Be One Percent Deki

Key information:

  • Name: Christine Adubango
  • Trade: Selling Charcoal
  • Total loan required: £260
  • Fully repaid: £260

Fundraising progress:

Fully raised and repaid £260

Location - S Sudan Refugee , South Sudan

South Sudan is a landlocked country in East Africa, which only recently gained independence from Sudan, with whom it engaged in a 21 year war (Africa's longest running civil war). As a new country South Sudan starts life poor but optimistic, and full of determination to make independence work.

Despite adopting the majority of Sudan's oil reserves during its secession (75%), South Sudan lacks in key infrastructure to capitalise on this wealth. This contributes to it being one of Africa's least developed countries; it faces a number of development challenges including the fact that 15+ literacy stands at a tiny 27%. There are over 60 indigenous languages spoken in South Sudan with the official language being English. An array of religions are followed including indigenous beliefs, Islam and Christianity.

Hope Ofiriha is a partnership between European, African, Australian, and North American volunteers who work together to transform the lives of women and children in Magwi County in South Sudan one of the most poor, remote, and neglected places in the world. They have a mission to empower women and children living in rural communities to overcome social injustice, disease, illiteracy, and poverty. The main office is in Torit, a town southeast of Magwi County. Torit is situated close to the border with the Republic of Uganda.

Some statistics:

  • Capital: Juba
  • Official language: English (official) Arabic (includes Juba and Sudanese variants)
  • Regional languages; Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande, Shilluk
  • Population: 10.31 million (2011)
  • GDP: US $1, 505 (2010)
  • Percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day: 19.8%
  • Adult literacy rate: 27%
  • Estimated adult (aged 15-49) HIV prevalence: 3.1% (2009)
  • Life expectancy: 62 years