The Story of Alum: From Despair to Hope

From Despair: Chased Away from Her Home

Alum, one of the newer Jinja women’s group members, is working hard to save down payment money so she can own her own home as part of our Jinja Home Ownership Program. She looks forward to the day when she can move out of the slums where she constantly fears for her children’s safety.

Alum at home in the Jinja slums.

Alum laughing with her children at their home in the Jinja slums.

She was chased away by her husband’s family when he died in 2011. Her husband was a fisherman who helped provide for her and her children who range in age from 4 years old to age 19.  She despaired when she was chased away.

To Hope: Joining the Women’s Group and Learning Business Skills

She eventually left her village in northern Uganda and came to the Jinja where she joined the women’s beading group.  She now has hope and besides doing beading, she also sells silverfish from the lakeside.

Alum cooking at her outdoor kitchen.

Alum cooking at her outdoor kitchen beside their one room rented home.

She likes it in Jinja and says she will not move back to the north. She lives in a single rented room in Jinja’s slum area near the shore of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. Her kitchen (the firepit area) is outdoors as is the latrine. She and her children shifted from this location to an even worse location after this photo was taken.  That also is very typical of our women.  They never know how long they’ll be in any one home.  Some times it is not for long. But for now, Alum is grateful to have a roof over her head.

Belonging to the women’s group and learning business skills has given her hope that she will be able to provide for her family.  One of her children, age 13, is also part of Outreach Uganda’s child sponsorship program.


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