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Evelyn Ayubu South Sudanese refugee

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Evelyn Abuye aged 25 is a married business woman having one 1 child aged four who is at school. She fled South Sudan to escape the war and is living in Banda in Kampala with her family.

Her business is selling matooke (a type of banana for cooking), tomatoes and greens. Evelyn works for 72 hours in a week. Her husband is working but earns very little which is not sufficient for the family’s needs and to pay school fees.

She has been denied a bank loan several times because of her status as a refugee and she is now seeking a Deki loan in order to buy 20 bunches of matooke, 200 kilos of tomatoes so as to re-invest in more capital, cater for the family’s well-being and also pay school fees.

She wants to build her business and improve the living conditions for her family.

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.

Also lending to this entrepreneur

Andrew Richard Fionnula Ali Mandy Paradigm Norton Trust Nurseline

Key information:

  • Name: Evelyn Ayubu
  • Trade: Vegatable trader
  • Total loan required: £250
  • Repaid so far: £0

Fundraising progress:

Only £250 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