Robinah Nandudu currently lives in Buloba near the Kampala city of Uganda,. She runs an organisation, Rural Mother at Risk-Africa in Uganda, a sister project to Women Grow Ohio USA.
Robinah's goal is to utilize Paypal and GoGetFunding to raise $2,000 (she has already raised $300 from US donors) to establihsh a small market stall at Nakawa Market to be open from 9 am to midnight. The market is situated in a suburb of Kampala City, near Makerere University where 5,000 students reside primarily in private hostels around the university.
Initially Robinah tried to earn money to support herself and her two young sons through an NGO she started, Rural Mothers at Risk for Africa. The boys have lived with her mother until recently when her brothers came and forced them out because they felt that her sons might have the right to some of their mother's property. Robinah has been living in various places trying to find ways to make a living so she can live with her sons again.
She has skills that include organizing projects for her local community, and catering. Because of lack of employment opportunities, she decided the best way to proceed is to establish the market stall as a model so that once she earns extra money, she can mentor two other women to start their own enterprises.
Then these women will mentor other women. Through their stalls they will raise more seed money for homeless mothers to start up a small grocery in their own area by receiving basic business/accounting training, securing a stall, money for initial purchase of food stuff, buying necessary equipment and paying government fees. Their goal is to earn enough to support their children so they can receive an education, and health care plus a secure place to live.
Robinah has developed friendships with Annie Warmke, the owner of Blue Rock Station (USA), Carie Starr, the co-owner of Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch (USA), and Women's Peace power Foundation (USA). They have assisted her in helping her to plan her ideas for making a living, and are able to offer a small amount of US dollars ($300) to gain access to a bank account so she can use Paypal, and GoGetFunding to raise the necessary funds to start up her enterprise.
Her simple budget includes money for start up to lease a stall (this is the time of year when stalls change hands), purchase basic equipment to extend the life of the produce (refrigeration), fruit juicer, containers, chairs/table, government fees, and produce. If she is able to secure the entire amount of funding she can add eggs, milk and other basic foods.
Women who live in the area where Robinah resides have skills and training but they have no opportunity for employment. Some cultures of Uganda do not allow women the right to inheritance of property from parents. They often find themselves one of several wives in a culture that places all of the rights with the male. Unemployment is very high. Wages are low, and HIV has impacted virtually every family.
Thanks to those whose have generously donated. So far 910 dollars have been received out of the 1015 donated.. The rest goes to handlers. Please help us to reach the target so as to pay the rent for one year at 1200 dollars before end of February including the requirements.
Please dear friends, we still need the 1090 dollars required plus handling service charges. We are in the last part of the final month of planning for the year. We will appreciate your donation to get us started.