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Odur Otage Uganda (South Sudanese refugee)

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Odur Otage, 41, is married and has five children aged 3, 6 18, 13 and 15 years. Odur is seeking a loan so that she can increase her stock of fish and fresh vegetables to meet the demand she has generated.

Odur is a member of the Emmanuel lending group, made up of 5 individuals who live in Abaita in Northern Uganda. The members of the Emmanuel lending group are all refugees from Southern Sudan and because of this, none of them are able to qualify for a bank loan in Uganda. Being part of the Emmanuel lending group gives Odur increased financial security, as all members collectively share the responsibility when it comes to repaying each person’s loan. By lending to Odur, you will not only be helping her build a business, you will be enabling her to support the other 4 members of the Emmanuel lending group. As each Deki loan impacts upon at least six people’s lives, the Emmanuel lending group has the potential to lift 24 people out of poverty.


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: Odur Otage
  • Trade: Vegetable seller
  • Total loan required: £380
  • Repaid so far: £0

Fundraising progress:

Only £380 left to repay

Location - Uganda (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