International Women’s Day
Please join us in celebrating International Women’s Day today, March 8! This holiday is a global day recognizing social, economic and cultural achievements by women, while also marking a call to action to accelerate gender balance. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. Below, we’ve included inspiring stories of fellow women from BeadforLife and Street Business School in Uganda who exemplify these qualities.
Meet Juliet Amuron, a 28-year-old mother of two living with her husband. In order for Juliet to balance her life for the better, she manages a saloon business out of her living room. This way, she is able to take care of her children and attend to her home chores and well as her business. #BalanceforBetter #IWD2019
Agnes Amuge is 38 years old. Married with three children, she has a
“Life is already complicated so in order for me to balance and support my children, I have to do many jobs to in order for the children to go to school, have food and also pay for rent.”
Margaret Nansamba is 35 years old. A single mother of 4, she has to look after her children and run several businesses in order to keep her balance! She sells charcoal, roasts maize on the street and also
Nalongo Mayi Nakanjjako is married and has four children, including a set of twins. In order to balance her family responsibility and her business, she runs a restaurant from home. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. to get her children ready for school. Then, she goes to the store and buys the ingredients for the restaurant that day. As she prepares the food at home for the evening, she also completes various house chores. Asked how she manages, she says, “God created women with many hands. We find ourselves doing many things and we never even think about it.”
Hasifa Nalubwama is married and lives with her husband and five children. She earns her living as both a tailor and farmer. Being self-employed helps her to balance all the responsibilities that come with being a working woman, wife and mother in Uganda. She goes to the garden early in the morning and returns to work at her machine and do domestic chores.
Sarah Naula is 39 years old, married and a mother of 8 children. She is the breadwinner in the home. She works hard to ensure that her children have food and can go to school. She runs a vegetable stand at home and also works in a factory that packs fruits for exports in order to supplement income for her family. Sarah believes that hard work is the key to balancing for better.
Phiona Nabuuma 37 years old. She’s married and a mother of three. She is also a prominent community leader and Street Business School leader. Phiona runs her business of a retail store at home. She is very hardworking and committed in all her roles. Hardwork and flexibility have helped her balance for a better life. Phiona start starts her day early to set off her children for school. She attends to her business during the day and in between she will also give time for her community work.