As Spring rain falls today in my part of the UK, I am more than aware that there are many countries in need of rain, and Uganda is among them. When I chatted to Lumika recently he spoke of both drought and famine – until last week there had been no rain since December, naturally meaning that crops have either died, or barely grown. The longer term implications are far reaching – in the current days there is not just no food, but little hope of improvement, because with no crops there is nothing to sell, therefore no income to come for many months. No income means no nothing – no food, no soap to wash either body or clothes, no light after dark as no oil for lamps, no education as no money for school fees.
Is it all bad news? Of course not, hardship so often brings out creativity and determination and the corner of Uganda that is East Kasese is no exception. The circle bank set up by Maliba church has involved 50 women giving into a central pot from which 35 have borrowed money to set up their own business – paying back into the pot when profits come in.
Of course finding something that can make money in an area in poverty is not easy to do but it is great to report that a year after the initial training of 80 people, the making of reusable sanitary pads is one example of success in this area – see photo above!
Romans 5 v1
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.