Some photos tell the story

Dear Friends,

I feel guilty for having done such a poor job keeping in touch with you on this blog during this trip.  The internet signal seems to be weaker and weaker each trip making it almost impossible to get to my blog to write you coupled with  my exhaustion at the end of each day!  But enough whining.  Here are some photos to give you a look at what I’ve been up to..  I hope you enjoy them.

My sincere thanks to Page Patten who was with me for most of the trip and took these wonderful pictures.

Anna preparing the donuts she sells in the market place. One of two businesses she runs.

Anna preparing the donuts she sells in the market place. One of two businesses she runs

 

Karon, Page and the TGC goat presented to us by the women we supported in the VacNet literacy program!

Karon, Page and the TGC goat presented to us by the women we supported in the VacNet literacy program!

We were honored to receive this goat, a very expensive gift, from the women of the literacy program in a small village outside of Gulu, in the northern part of Uganada.  The woman on the right is the local volunteer peer counselor.  She is now running for Councilwoman in the local district.  She credits her experience leading the women of the village in the micro loan program (headed by our partner Vac Net with support by TGC)  with her personal growth and courage to run for office!  Micro loans provide not only economic growth, but personal growth as well!

 

 

Every trip I take to UG, I take half page printed cards to encourage the women borrowers.  Here is this years.

Every trip I take to UG, I take printed cards to encourage the women borrowers. Here is this years.

 

The chalk board where some of the women demonstrated that they could now write their names and more after taking the literacy classes TGC provided!

The chalk board where some of the women demonstrated that they could now write their names and more after taking the literacy classes TGC provided!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A brave member of the literacy class, standing, reading a story to demonstrate her newly learned reading skills.  TGC hopes to bring this program to other villages.  A woman who can't read or write can't progress as a businesswoman and can't  progress out of poverty!

A brave member of the literacy class, standing, reading a story to demonstrate her newly learned reading skills. TGC hopes to bring this program to other villages. A woman who can’t read or write can’t progress as a businesswoman and can’t progress out of poverty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowers saying good bye!

               Borrowers saying good bye!

 

 

 

 

Good bye for now.  More stories to share when I return on Sunday.  Thank you for your interest in TGC and the poor but amazing women

who are working their way to a better life with your help.  Karon