Mirembe During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mirembe has continued to empower Ugandan women and their families to overcome poverty and to become economically and socially independent. At Mirembe we help improve the quality of life for poor and marginalized women, men, families, and communities in Uganda by skilling women in the field of bead production and providing educational opportunities. The target population is women at the age of 17-35, who are uneducated and lacking sustainable and sufficient job opportunities. These women suffer from insufficient income, and the inability to send all of their children to school, insufficient housing, food, and quality of life. 

When COVID 19 hit us, our 13 beneficiaries were affected economically. Children were sent home and it became difficult for the women to manage the cost of life amidst the predicaments, and to keep on working as usual. Nonetheless, at Mirembe we continued to support women through the lockdown by paying to them monthly wages as they produced products and learned home economics, including how to manage financial crisis. In the beginning of the lockdown our beneficiaries also received food and essential medical supplies as a package for the corona operation campaign program by TOPAZ.

This month, our women made beads. They are now ready to ship the beads through post office to Israel. The women are happy in good spirit and good health. They work from Monday through Friday between at 8:00am and leaves at 1:00pm. In Uganda, just like in many other African countries children are a gift. One of the 13 women gave birth recently and will not be able to continue immediately but hopes to rejoin the group when she is able to.

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