Thanks to you, Tweyambe women have a space to meet for their growing support group. They have expanded their income-generating activities to include dolls and stationary and continue to receive training and mentoring. With your support the women of Tweyambe are creating meaningful change for themselves and their families.
The goal of the project was to support 170 women.
Estimated girls & women affected
The average household in Kampala has 8 people.
Estimated community members affected
One year ago, you generously chose to support 170 women in Kampala, Uganda to help them build a better, brighter future. Since then, Keep a Child Alive with our local partner, Alive Medical Services (AMS), have been providing these women with HIV treatment, care and support. Medicine and supplies have been purchased helping treat and prevent infections and illnesses. We have also made sure that the Tweyambe women have a space to meet for their growing support group. They have expanded their income-generating activities to include dolls and stationary and continue to receive training and mentoring. Thanks to your support the women of Tweyambe are creating meaningful change for themselves and their families.
“Grateful, blessed, loved, and cared for,” says Florence, Chairwoman of the Tweyambe Group, describing her experience with Keep a Child Alive’s partner Alive Medical Services.
Risks and challenges
The women of Tweyambe experienced challenges when trying to sell their products. They found that jewelry and baskets are items that are offered by multiple other sellers resulting in a limited amount of sales for the women. This led the group to modify the selection of crafts they were creating – they decided to add more products such as dolls and stationary to their collection. We all discovered that performing research on products can be helpful when deciding what to produce and sell.
What we’ve learned
We learned that having an income-generating component to an HIV clinic helps with retention in care. Living in poverty can create enormous barriers to accessing and adhering to the lifelong care and treatment that is needed to stay alive. The women at AMS and their families were less likely to miss their appointments at the clinic because of transportation costs and treatment effectiveness increased due to the nutritious food they were able to purchase. Helping clients and their families with educational and income-generating opportunities gives them the tools and opportunities they need to have a healthy future.
Keep a Child Alive is committed to realize the end of AIDS for children and their families, by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV. We will continue to support these women and other clients at AMS by providing high-quality services including testing and counseling, antiretroviral treatment, psychosocial support, and family planning. We will also continue to support the Tweyambe group to ensure they have the tools and resources to grow and support each other.
Amount spent so far
Clinic staff salary
Group meeting costs
Funds for handicrafts
Training for members
Comprehensive treatment and care for the women of Tweyambe
Your support allowed Keep a Child Alive, along with our local partner Alive Medical Services, to purchase medicine and supplies - such as antibiotics to prevent and treat infections, medicines to treat other illnesses, and laboratory supplies and tests. Thanks to you, we're providing comprehensive treatment and care to the women of Tweyambe. We also ensured they have a space to hold their meetings and trainings and have provided them with basic materials to make their handicrafts. The items, such as baskets and jewelry, were then sold to generate income for these women and their families.
Risks and challenges
At this stage, we did not encounter any challenges that directly affected our project.
Florence is a client of Alive Medical Services and a member of Tweyambe. According to Florence, the support that clients receive at Alive is unique because they are loved and they are valued. Being there makes her “feel happy” because anyone can chat freely with the staff. She says, “we are very free with our doctors,” and she believes, “that one thing alone psychologically heals us before taking any drugs.” Through her involvement with Tweyambe, Florence is able to pay for her son's and nephew’s education.
Keep a Child Alive will continue to provide comprehensive HIV treatment and care to these women living with HIV. We'll also make sure they continue to receive emotional support, adhere to medical treatment, and participate in skills training and income-generating activities. Furthermore, we'll be working with key members of Tweyambe to help make the group stronger and follow up to ensure they're receiving both the necessary health and financial support they require.
We are on track and will provide a thorough update in our 1-year report.
Support 170 women get the HIV treatment, care, and support they need to stay healthy and the training and skills to help them build a bright future.
Why we care: Uganda is experiencing an increase in new HIV infections—half of the 1.4 million people living with HIV in the country are women, many of who live in poverty.
How we’re solving this: We provide comprehensive HIV treatment and care and access to peer support, skills training, and income to women living with HIV.
Keep a Child Alive supports Alive Medical Services (AMS), a community-owned clinic in Namuwongo, one of the poorest and most crowded urban areas in Kampala, Uganda. AMS was truly born out of a grassroots movement: Dr. Pasquine Ogunsanya saw women in her community who weren’t getting the HIV treatment and care they needed to stay alive, live with dignity, and care for their families—and decided to do something about it. Today, the AMS clinic provides comprehensive HIV treatment and care services to 11,000 people living with HIV, the majority of whom are women.
Among them are the women of Tweyambe Group (‘let’s help ourselves’ in Luganda, a local language). Tweyambe was founded when seven clinic clients came together to talk about their experiences as women living with HIV, offer support to each other, and start a small loan program. Nearly a decade later, Tweyambe is now 170 members strong, offering its members:
- Emotional and adherence support
- Access to income-generating activities, such as making and selling baskets and beaded jewelry
- Training and mentoring in sewing and tailoring, leadership skills, record keeping, and counseling
- Group savings and micro-loan programs so women can have the capital to start their own small businesses
This project will help the clinic purchase medicines and supplies (such as antiretroviral medications when the free government stocks run low, antibiotics to prevent and treat infections common among women living with HIV, medicines to treat other illnesses, and laboratory supplies and tests); cover a portion of clinical and psychosocial support staff salaries; ensure that Tweyambe has space to hold support group meetings and trainings for members; and provide basic materials for Tweyambe members to make and then sell handicrafts.
By supporting this project, you will provide the women of Tweyambe the promise of life for themselves and their children. In the words of Florence, Tweyambe’s Chairwoman, “here, you know you are loved, you are somebody, your dignity is restored.”