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June 2021

Small Business Development
  Micro Loans  --  Income Generation  -- Vocational Training

Meet the Artisan ~ Akello Grace


Grace sews our beaded purses, cell phone purses, cosmetic bags, oven mitts and stuffed animals, and she makes most of our bead jewelry. 

These are Grace’s own words introducing herself:

“I was born in November 1979 in a village called Ngora, Agago District.  I went to school at Ngora primary in Agago District.  I stopped at primary five after the death of my father because there was no body to pay my school fee.  I lived with my mom and our children: two sisters and three brothers.  I joined tailoring school in 1994.  I got married to Terence Acaye in 2000.  I have 6 children with my husband, Ayella Douglas 15 years he is in S. 1.  Laker Margaret 13 years in P. 7,  Aywek Gloria 11 years in P. 5,  Lamara Emily 9 years in P. 3, Otim Gabriel 6 years in Top class and Agenorwot Jackie 3 years in Baby class.

Life to me means friends and family who you can trust and who trusts you.  I am pretty much on the happy side of life.  I do have some sad days or depressed days but I pray always so that GOD can protect our family.  When I am having a bad day, I have my children to talk to.  I love my husband he is caring and sympathetic.

As I said in the beginning, I was not successful with my education but after our marriage  I started learning handcraft so that I could help our family.  I always struggle not to depend on my husband only.  I would like to see our children succeed in life, although we don’t have enough income but with GOD’s mercy everything is possible.  I am very worried about my child called Otim Gabriel who is a sickler (sickle cell).  I would like everyone to pray for him.  I hope you have enjoyed reading my life story as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you”.  Thanks.  God Bless.

~ Grace

Artisan Items Will be on Display and Available to Purchase During the Spaghetti Dinner.

Craft items are also sold locally at Global Village in Billings and  Mercy Market in Laurel.

Your Donations at Work
Microloans and Small Business Development

"They have yearned to have their own shop where they can be independent, empowered and in control of their own earnings and strive to rise out of extreme poverty." Nadine Hart

Hope 2 One Life partners  with Ugandan business people, and aspiring business people, through a variety of microloans.  Many of the loans are provided as 50% loan and 50% gift.  The loans typically are repaid over 3 years.  

Projects underway include:
-- clothing/tailoring
-- crafts and jewelry
-- drip irrigation for vegetable farming
-- household solar lights in partnership with Solar Sister
-- farming tools and gum boots
-- Boer goat breeding
-- motorbike purchase for the health teams
-- grain grainier machine

The business people are provided with training (such as Farming God's Way and business trainings by Klint Ostermann, FGW co-director in Uganda) and mentorship as they embark on their business journeys,  with goals of sustainability, better health and nutrition, and a rise out of poverty.  

The enthusiasm and success of our Ugandan partners in these projects is palpable. New ideas and proposals are continually being brought to us. One woman’s testimony about the impact of these projects starkly expressed that first step out of abject poverty when she said, “I am now able to buy salt without first having to ask my husband.”


“I would like to see our children succeed in life, this helps me pay their school fees”

Northern Uganda Village Health Teams with their solar lights for their businesses.  In partnership with Solar Sister, training was provided for these entrepreneurs.  As kerosene and candles are inefficient and hazardous, solar power provides a clean energy alternative to the communities.  
on right, a solar light charging on the roof of a home      
Women's Tailoring Groups
by Susan Hart
I have enjoyed sewing and making my patterns most of my life, so it was natural when I made my first H2O trip to Uganda for me to help with the women’s tailoring groups. My sister Nadine asked me to make new patterns and to help teach quality improvement for existing products. I am also a crafter, so Nadine sent me examples of bracelets a previous team had taught and proposed that I work with the Palabek group to help them bring their work to the next level as well. Thus began my start with H2O.
In preparing for my first trip, I designed new patterns for the sewing groups, and acquired supplies to take with me and leave behind for all of the people I was to work with. Upon arrival, Nadine and I chose fabric with Denis and Bosco in Kampala, and off we went!

Color combinations and fabric print preferences are quite different between Americans and Ugandans, so I spent a lot of time working to convey color, bead, and button combinations to the bracelet makers so their end products would be attractive to Americans. There were a lot of “ah ha” moments for all of us as we learned what each other saw as beautiful, based on our cultures. The team, new to making products for others, also learned how important a quality product is to attract buyers. The bracelets they made during our sessions were greatly improved, and impressed us all! 
Grace, Terrence’s wife, graciously let us use space outside her shop in Gulu for training the Palabek team. In working with Grace and the Palabek tailors outside her shop, I discovered that Ugandans have different sewing techniques from Americans. This was an amazing discovery once we all realized it, so in the evenings I quickly converted the patterns I brought to their style.

I worked individually with the Katamarwa tailoring women to review the quality of the products each of them made and to offer suggestions. They were very appreciative, not having realized that quality differences in their work made a difference. It was great to see how easily and quickly they applied what we discussed to more consistently do their best work. Eunice, their star sewer, was especially eager for the new patterns, and her work was beautiful! The Katamarwa team were a lot of fun to work with! We had some fun conversations and lots of laughs as we worked together! I felt a wonderful connection with them as we worked during those days.

Upon return from this trip, I began selling the products to friends, Fair Trade and African stores in Portland, OR, and at the annual African Film Festival in Portland. I looked forward to returning to Uganda in April 2020, to more happy times working with my new friends, bringing new patterns to teach. However that trip was cancelled because of the pandemic.

 Many, Many THANKS to ALL of YOU! 
 Now that the community kitchen is funded, 
we are fundraising for the
Agape Training Center & Farm Multi-Purpose Training Building   $20,000 is needed 
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