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Olivia Nyemwiza South Sudanese Refugee

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Nyemwiza Olivia is 49, married, and has three children aged 21,18 and 17 years old. She and her family currently live in Namuwongo a suburb in Uganda, after being left homeless in their native country South Sudan, due to the war. Her children are all in school. Her husband currently owns a business, but the profit he makes is not enough to sustain all the family expenses. Olivia sells shoes as a means to earn additional income.

Olivia often works over 72 hours a week to generate profit. She also needs to provide support for her extended family. Her business is doing well, but she does not have access to capital to invest in her business to expand it. Her status as a foreigner in Uganda means that she cannot access a loan from the banks.

Olivia is requesting the loan from Deki in order to buy 2 bales of shoes that will

 Increase her stock and therefore her customer base. She quotes “the loan will bring great change in my family’s standard of living.”

Olivia told us “this loan will improve the standard of living for my family, and will help keep my children in education.” 

 

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

Lizzie Keith Vicky Lender wishes to remain private Dick Carla Richard Paradigm Norton Trust Zacchaeus

Key information:

  • Name: Olivia Nyemwiza
  • Trade: Shoe 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