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William Mulekera Kasese

Introduction - Written by our field partners

William Mulekera, 55, is a married man living in Kasese, Uganda. He has 7 children aged between 20 and 32, three of whom are in education. William’s wife works as a subsistence farmer, while he sells general goods in a retail shop.

Working for 60 hours per week, a typical day for William involves attending to his business, while also doing some agricultural work. He is seeking a loan in order to boost his base capital and as a result be able to buy more stock.

William hopes that the loan will help him to increase sales and in turn generate more profit. It will also have a considerable impact on his family, helping him to save more money for them, be able to educate his children and buy land for agricultural purposes. William’s aspiration for the future is to become ‘a self-sustaining business man, who plans to leave legacy for the future generation of his community.’

Field Partner: New Home for Community Rehabilitation

New Home for Community Rehabilitation

New Home was set up in 2014 to help the disadvantaged people of Kasese in Western Uganda. Their aim is to ‘support, promote and strengthen affordable and sustainable community based self-help initiatives tailored at improving human life’. New Home’s priority is to empower communities - of the elderly; women who have been widowed and who are living with HIV/AIDs; the disabled; young, single mothers and young people who have little or no education.

New Home is a registered charity and a SACCO which lobbies for human rights, conducts advocacy and aims to improve people’s lives through skills development, micro-finance and empowerment. They help people grow their small-scale business: many entrepreneurs run a stall, sell food, offer second-hand clothes; others are fishmongers, pig or poultry farmers or raise goats. Others process and trade cassava, coffee or maize. Many of the young men elect to offer transport on the back of a motorbike across the border (Boda-Boda driver) or train as bricklayers.

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Bry Matt Ralph Sarah

Key information:

  • Name: William Mulekera
  • Trade: Retailer
  • Total loan required: £280
  • Raised so far: £80

Fundraising progress:

Only £200 left to raise
   

Location - Kasese, Western Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria.

It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary.

The official languages are English and Swahili. Luganda is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are also spoken including Runyoro, Runyankole, Rukiga, and Luo.

Kasese lies to the north of Lake George and near to the Rwenzori mountain range and Queen Elizabeth National Park, at an elevation of 3,000 feet. It is 214 miles west of Kampala and just 38 miles from the town of Mbondwe on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is situated between the shallow Lake George, fed by streams from the Rwenzori mountains, and the much larger Lake Edward to the south west. The lakes are linked by the 20 mile long Kazinga channel which is a feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and attracts one of the world’s largest populations of hippos and many species of animals and birds.

The town grew as a result of the copper mines at Kilembe; the copper/cobalt is now depleted and many of the population currently rely on agriculture for employment.

Some statistics:

  • Capital: Kampala
  • Official language: English and Swahili
  • Regional languages: Luganda, Runyoro, Runyankole, Rugika and Luo
  • Population: 37.58 million (2013): Uganda has the 5th highest fertility rate with 5.97 children born per woman
  • GDP: $21.49 billion (2016)
  • Exports: coffee, base metals, fish, maize, cement, tobacco, tea, sugar, cocoa beans & sim sim (sesame)
  • Percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day: 37.8% (2012)
  • Adult literacy rate: 66.8% - 76.8% male and 57.7% female literacy (2002)
  • Estimated adult (aged 15-49) HIV prevalence: 30% (1980s) fell to 6.4% in 2008 but has been increasing since 2008
  • Life expectancy: 53.4 years
  • Infant mortality: 61 per 1,000 births (2012)

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