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Kisugu Nalugwa South Sudanese refugee

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Kisugu Nalugwa is 37 and is married with five children. She and her family live in Kisugu, a district of Kampala in Uganda. They were made homeless and displaced by the Sudanese Civil War and so they now live in Uganda. Her children are aged 4, 8, 10, 13 and 15 and they are all attending  school, which means five lots of school fees for Kisugu and her husband to earn. Her husband has a small business but he does not earn enough to support their family alone.

In order to look after her family and make sure they have enough money, Kisusgu sells root vegetables and fruit in the market. Her business is booming and she has many regular customers but she failed to qualify for a bank loan because she is a refugee. Kisugu’s plan is to invest in stock and so have a bigger business and a better income.

Kisugu is asking for a Deki loan so that she can buy 200kgs of fruit and 150kgs of root vegetables. This will increase her stock and mean that she will be able to maintain and expand her customer base.

‘A Deki loan will increase my business income and help me to improve my family’s standard of living’, said Kisugu.

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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Key information:

  • Name: Kisugu Nalugwa
  • Trade: Fruit and vegetable seller
  • Total loan required: £370
  • Repaid so far: £0

Fundraising progress:

Only £370 left to repay

Location - South Sudanese 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