Shea Life After War
Atim Costa is a 60 year old grandmother of 4, and mother of 8, half of whom have died. Costa has lived through colonization, Ugandan independence, Idi Amin, and Joseph Kony's LRA rebels, who killed her sister, nephew and daughter-in-law. Despite it all, she works hard and hopes her grandchildren have opportunities she never dreamed of.
Although Costa has never had a day of formal education, two years ago she enrolled herself in an adult education class. Now she can slowly write her name, and her grandchildren crowd around to see, offering suggestions and encouragement.
Costa collects shea nuts and last year earned enough to buy a bull to help her plow her fields and work a larger piece of land. This year she would like to buy a second bull so she can grow more beans, corn and sesame seeds. She says, “There is nowhere to get sugar if I don’t work hard. And I want to take my tea with sugar.”
Video with Atim