Holly's Story

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is it?

- James 2:15-16

Holly first visited Pader, Uganda in 2013. She felt an immediate connection and a call from God to help the women restart their lives after a 20-year war in Northern Uganda. The women were making beads out of recycled calendar paper they found in town. Holly taught them to improve the quality of their work and added new designs and colors. Holly began traveling to Pader three times a year, bringing home the beautiful treasures she purchased to sell in the U.S. She began working with the women on investing at least a portion of their craft money into sustainable items such as chickens, pigs and goats. 

 

In 2017, Holly converted the organization into a 501c3 nonprofit, The Women of Pader Uganda. During that year, Holly began a formal business training program for the women basic business principles were taught, including how to create and maintain a healthy and sustainable business based on the economic needs in Pader. After 6 months of training, the nonprofit began making micro loans. These are small loan amounts awarded to women who submit a plan for a sustainable business.

More women continue to be trained, loans continue to be made, and small businesses continue to be developed by the women.

 

Holly’s mission is to raise spiritual and business leaders. She hopes women will know Jesus as their Savior, realize their own value in Jesus, and acknowledge their purpose to fulfill in life. The women in Pader continue to grow in their discipleship and leadership skills as well as their personal spiritual walks with the Lord. The beads initially gave them a reason to come together, heal, and generate income; however, so much more fruit has resulted than merely making beads."

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Holly's Story

2013

Holly first visited Pader in 2013 where she felt a call from God to help the women restart their lives after a 20 year war in Northern Uganda. Holly taught them to improve the quality of their bead-making, began employing them so they could earn a wage for their families, and taught them to invest in livestock. Holly shared God’s word and the women began meeting twice a week to encourage one another and learn how to live in community.

2017

In 2017, TWOPU became

an official 501c3 Non-Profit.

Holly began a formal business training program for the women, teaching them basic business principles, including how to create and maintain a healthy and sustainable business based on the economic needs in Pader. TWOPU began offering qualified women micro loans to make their business dreams a reality, earn a dignified income and support their families and community.

2018

In 2018, TWOPU started a Mercy Program, which has 3 components:

We provide assistance in rehabilitating families at risk of starvation and/or death from disease, we have alcohol addiction groups, and also have a Malaria Fund which provides testing and treatment.

2019

In 2019, we began a Scholarship fund to send youth to technical school as well as some young children to Primary school that had no other opportunity to attend.

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