Micro-enterprise has emerged as one of the most powerful ways to empower those living in poverty.
$500 Provides a Family of 6 with a Complete, Sustainable Business.
Just Like My Child Foundation’s Project Grace is a micro-enterprise program that provides a small livestock loan together with intensive training to healthy, self-motivated individuals with HIV to create a self-sustaining business that will support their families and send their children to school.
In a partnership with Heifer International and Bishop Asili Hospital, Project GRACE is improving the livelihood, health and nutrition of 640 resource constrained households infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through livestock loans of dairy goats. Project GRACE is on track to reach an estimated 3,330 individuals through 2016 – improving the local economy, nutrition and education.
Participants undergo rigorous qualification screening to ensure they are the most needy and will be able to meet the requirements of the loan. Once chosen, they receive comprehensive training designed to advance their skills for success – covering topics such as sustainable agricultural methods, animal management, environmental protection, business and financial management, and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Once training is complete, participants gather building materials and work to prepare their home for project success. Requirements include an environmentally clean stove, clean water, vegetation to support livestock nutrition, shelter for animals and improving gardens for family nutrition and consumption.
At the end of the program, participants repay their loan by “Passing on the Gift” of one of their dairy goat’s offspring to the next family in need – enabling Project GRACE to continue a cycle of empowerment and ensuring the ripple effect is felt by the whole community.
Total lives directly impacted
Our Project GRACE Partner:
Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity, but their approach is more than just giving a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their livestock provides families with both nutrition and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk and eggs can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings opportunities for building schools, creating agriculture cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
In 2011, staff from Heifer Uganda traveled from their offices in Kampala to the rural communities we work with to comprehensively assess our microenterprise Project GRACE with 20 HIV+ families. It was determined that we had built a strong foundation on which to expand to reach 640 HIV infected or affected families by the end of 2015, and we have worked in partnership ever since to implement Project GRACE in rural Uganda. Heifer provides the necessary technical expertise to ensure the project is implemented responsibly by our long-time partner Bishop Asili Hospital.