Uganda Beneficiaries

PSO Muwonge Jalia

Muwonge Jalia

Muwonge Jalia is a widow with 5 children. She is a member of the Nakyesa Widows and AIDS patients farmers groups in the Kayunga District.

Most of the farmers in the Kayunga District all borrow Jalia's bicycle to travel to the markets, health centers, and for personal business. It is common for a group of people to share one bicycle for errands and business activities.

PSO Aisha

Aisha Nakabuuka
Prisoners Support Organisation, Uganda

Aisha is a small-scale honey producer and seller in Kyebando, a suburb of the Ugandan capital of Kampala.  Aisha acquired a bike from PSO to help increase productivity in her honey business.  Aisha is the mother of two and spent the bulk of her day caring for her family, preparing meals and doing housework.  This life provided little income, however, so Aisha trained to become a bee keeper.  She began by selling crude, unprocessed honey in bulk, but quickly learned she could earn much more by processing it herself.  To keep the honey fresh and earn a premium price, she needed to deliver it as quickly as possible. She is able to do this now with the bicycle.

Fred Musunda

Fred Musunda

Fred Musunda collects milk from rural farmers in Matugga (about 15km from the city) and transports it to urban markets and urban individual households. Bicycles play a big role in the milk collection industry since most roads out of town are not easily accessible by motor-vehicles. There are about 35 milk collectors in this area who sell locally produced raw milk and dairy products (ghee, butter) and sell it to the peri-urban markets/trading centers.

Juma Maganga

Juma Maganga

Juma Maganga is a bicycle mechanic in Bwaise, about 45km from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He also works part time at the PSO bike shop reconditioning bikes.

Instead of using a boda-boda (motorbike) he rides his bike to and from work. He said this Schwinn has saved him at least 30 minutes of commute time and helps him run errands, especially when he needs to buy spare parts to fix the bikes in the shop.

 Mama Alex

 Mama Alex

Mama Alex (Alex's mother) faced many uncertainties upon her release from prison. On returning home, she found her husband had abandoned her and her four sons, and remarried. She had no previous work experience and lacked marketable skills. Mama Alex now uses the Schwinn from Bikes for the World to supply bottled mineral water to small shops and mini supermarkets.

 

PSO Kivumbi

 Kivumbi

Kivumbi tends grass and uses his bicycle to get to and from his clients' homes and businesses. When his bicycle was stolen he went to the PSO, where he also cut grass, for a new bicycle. He needed something that had a carrier to help him carry his 'grass-cutting machine', he said. His new Atlas bike allowed him to not only carry work equipment but he was also able to ride uphill, something he was unable to do on his old bike. He was so thrilled with his new purchase he bought Juma, PSO mechanic, fresh juice for fixing up his bike.

 Kevin Okoth

 Kevin Okoth

Kevin Okoth (right) a 34-year old female, was trained in tailoring and knitting skills while incarcerated in 2007. The Women's Prisoners Support Organization, together with Nile Vocational Institute introduced this life skills training as part of the rehabilitation program that also included computer skills and functional adult education.

After three years in prison Kevin was eventually found not guilty. She was released and given a sewing machine from the PSO and Welfare Office of Jinja Prison. She is now making clothing for women and uniforms for students in school.

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All beneficiary stories and photos courtesy of Prisoners Support Organization