The Women's Stories

Pader, Uganda, is a small village about 8 to 12 hours north of the capital city of Kampala.  The town and its people were ravaged by Joseph Kony and Lord’s Resistance Army for 20 years.  Many Ugandans were killed, many were infected with HIV/AIDS, most were traumatized.  The war ended around 2008, but the effects remain.  Poverty, AIDS, malaria, malnutrition and starvation are constant problems.  

The women are the backbone of the community.  They earn the income for the family, work the fields, and raise the children.  A large number of children were orphaned during the war so many of the women are not only raising their own children but also orphaned ones.  Lack of education combined with school fees for all schools, makes breaking the cycle of poverty very difficult.  By making a purchase or donation, you are taking a step with Holly.  You are a partner in making this dream come true for the Women of Pader, Uganda.


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Florence

She is the mother of 8 biological children and 4 orphans that have been left in her care.  She and 4 of her children have Hepatitis B.  Through craft making she bought a pig which produced piglets that she was able to sell.  From those proceeds, she bought a goat and a cow.  Now she is able to send her children to school and has even bought her very first mattress.

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Collin

She is the mother of 3 children and is thankful for the hope and opportunity this ministry has brought her.  Through craft making she was able to buy two hens and a pig for rearing.  She sold the piglets and paid school fees for her children.  Additionally, she has been able to buy clothes and other school supplies.


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Alice

Her husband fled home after getting involved in a murder case, leaving her to raise and care for their 6 children on her own. Through craft making money, she has been able to pay school fees for her children.  She is encouraged that even though she is alone she is able to send her children to school and buy some domestic essentials.

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Sunday

She is the mother of 4 children that she is raising on her own after her husband succumbed to his addiction to alcohol and no longer cared for his family.  Through craft making money she has been able to buy a pig which produced piglets that she sold. She was able to purchase bedding and food for her family.  She has also been able to pay for school fees for her children.


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Doreen

She is a victim of AIDS and is the mother of 7 children.  The craft making money has helped her buy a goat and some hens that have hatched  baby chicks that she raised and sold. From those proceeds, she was able to pay for school fees and supplies for her children.  Through this opportunity, she now lives with hope.

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Her husband left her and their 3 children that she is now raising on her own.  In her sadness, she met someone who invited her to Pader Community Church where her life began to change.  Through the craft making money she has been able to build a hut for her family and pay school fees for her oldest son who is now in secondary level.


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Grace

She has 4 children and explains how very difficult it is to send her children to school.  With the craft making money she now lives a life filled with hope as her children can attend school.  The father of the children is nowhere to be found.

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Jaclyn

She is the mother of  7 children and her husband cannot provide for the family.  She has used the craft making money to buy pigs which produced piglets that she sold. With the income she has been able to pay school fees for her children and buy some clothes.  She is a struggling mother although she remains married.