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Geneva Ithungu Kasese

Introduction - Written by our field partners

Geneva is 47 years old and has set up her own business selling crops from her farming. She has heard about Deki and has applied for a loan to help her rent more land, so that she can produce a larger yield. This will not only make her farming more sustainable but will also allow her to sell to a larger audience. 

Geneva has also heard about the business training that our field partners provide, and hopes to learn how to build a simple irrigation system. This will mean that even with the lack of rainfall in Uganda, she will still have crops to sell. 

Between her and her husband they have 6 children. They are aged between 12-25 and they are currently all still in education. Although Geneva's husband has a good job as a retailer, they still need to pay for books, uniforms and school fees. Therefore the extra profits from Geneva's business will help her to pay for these necessities and have a "wealthy and literate family". 

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.

Also lending to this entrepreneur

Niraj Christine catherine Business Doctors (Avon & Somerset) Mac James Deborah

Key information:

  • Name: Geneva Ithungu
  • Trade: Sells crop produce
  • Total loan required: £220
  • Repaid so far: £149

Fundraising progress:

Only £71 left to repay

Location - Kasese, Nepal

Nepal is a Himalayan country in South Asia, home to breathtaking landscapes and eight of the world's ten highest mountains. Buddhism is historically linked with Nepal, though it is a minority faith in the country. Many Nepali people follow both Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions. Agriculture employs 76% of the workforce and accounts for 40% of Nepal's GDP.

Deki's two field partners in Nepal both operate out of Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major hills: the Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. As the gateway to tourism in Nepal, Kathmandu has a tourism-centred economy.

Some statistics:

  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Official languages: Nepali (but half the population speak their regional language first)
  • Population: 29,959,364 (in 2010)
  • GDP: $12,897,180,525 (in 2009)
  • Percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day: 24.8% (in 2010)
  • Adult literacy rate: 59%
  • Estimated adult (aged 15-49) HIV prevalence: 0.4%
  • Life expectancy: 68