Who needs major up-front funding to have success?

The lovely ladies of Kyakasangulu don't seem to: they've got hope, inspiration and enthusiasm. And Empowered Voices doesn't either.

It started with a desire to help. Not sure where. Not sure how. But day after day, this project has begun to sculpt itself into something beautiful.

I arrived home last night from a typically extra-long day to the most affirming email I could have asked for. Peninah, my Ugandan "sister" and community leader, sent Lene and me the following along with the above flyer.

Your visit to us was a blessing and an opportunity to encourage us
work hard for our children to live a better life than us, we started a
women's group and named it after you and Lene. We have so far reached
a number of 10 women and we are training hard to and producing a lot
of crafts in order to meet your demand when you start ordering. We
are also trying to learn new methods of farming from the resources at
the district agriculture office to try to earn better to help our
children and our neighbours in the community.

To think this resulted from only a promise and desire to help. We are now speaking with five potential partners, potential donors, and plan to revise our project proposal to cater to the work Peninah and her 10 fellow group members are creating themselves.

What may have been our vision at first has turned into something unique to the ladies, and we hope, ultimately entirely self-sufficient.

One way or another, we intend to make a positive impact on Kyakasangulu.