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Poverty and Rural women in uganda

Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world. People in rural areas of uganda depend on farming as the main source of income. Women contribute to about 40% of the uganda's population. Many of these women live in the rural parts of the country and are small hold farmers. In many families, women are the caretakers; they feed the family, educate the children, provide medicine and clothings to the children. This is because the men are addicted to alcohol, others have many wives which they can not support. Many of the women in rural areas of the country are uneducated and have to work for the few rich to earn afew wages to buy paraffin and food for the family.
Atypical Ugandan rural woman wakes up at 6am in the morning, prepares food for the children and clothings for her school children. At 7.30am, she goes to the garden to dig and after wards proceeds to the rich's field to contract some work after which she proceeds to collect fire wood and prepares food for the family. After she proceeds to the well to collect water and in the evening she goes back to the garden.
The rural women rears local breeds of chicken and hens which they sell to suppliment on their daily wages. These women can not afford to buy new clothes for themselves and for children. They can not support their children at school and in may cases the girl children drop out of school for marriage. Others escape from homes and go to towns for prostitution.This is all caused by poverty!!


Genice Jacobs's picture


Hi Nalubega,

I am gearing up to start fundraising for the Uganda Space solar lighting venture. I was wondering if you have any photos of the women from Tyambe collective and/or the Uganda Space management team. Please email me if you do.

Genice Jacobs

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