Olive moves to Gulu Main Market!

Olive joined her Village Savings and Loan (VSLA) group in 2011, after hearing about the positive experiences of other members in the group. Later she was elected chairperson of her group. She started saving her money every week. She also decided to borrow a loan of 500,000 UGX (about $150) from the group, which she […]


Harriet’s pharmacy

“I was once employed to do menial jobs to enable me to take good care of our children’s needs, particularly their education, health and feeding,” says Harriet. “Sine THRIVEGulu introduced us to Village Savings Loans Association (VSLA), we no longer have to worry about being rejected by the bank to borrow loans, since we’re able […]


Extending badly needed mental health services to rural areas

During the conflict in Northern Uganda, many health centers and schools, particularly in rural areas, were destroyed. Professional staff were displaced along with most of the rest of the population of Northern Uganda, and many found opportunities elsewhere and didn’t return. Today, the government of Uganda is still trying to rebuild medical and educational infrastructure. […]


Planning for a bright future

Mothers work so hard to make the future for their children bright. One of our group members, Vicky is an inspirational example of this, as a strong mother and leader in her household and her community. 49-year-old Vicky lives in “Orubu” with her family. She has six children (5 girls and a boy). She never […]

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A new chapter for Innocent

16-year-old Innocent lives with her mother Nyeka in Ajan village, in rural Northern Uganda. For the last few years, Innocent has suffered from epilepsy which nearly killed her one day on her way back home from school. She fell in a drainage ditch during the episode, but her friend helped save her. Before that,  her […]


A cow for Alice

Four years ago, 50-year-old Alice joined the VSLA group down the road from her village just outside Gulu in Orubu, Layibi. All these years, Alice had kept her plan for her savings to herself. Neither her friends or fellow group members knew her plan. She only let her husband in on the reason for her […]


Mental health stories from the field

As our mental health work in rural villages under the USAID SAFE program continues in the new year, we’re starting to see some very positive results. We recently got the chance to talk to some of those program participants in the field about the lessons they’ve learned from this project and their ongoing struggles. At […]


Cheryl’s trip to Gulu

As I sat on the plane during our 17 hour journey to Gulu, Uganda in March, I realized I had no idea what to expect. Living my life in Alexandria, Virginia as a nanny, mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend, keeps me busy and occupied in my own safe world. I knew my daughter Laura, one […]