Field of Hope supports five VSLA groups of women. VSLA = Village Savings & Loans Associations. Forty women are invited to join the group where they then elect leadership and begin committing a small amount to the savings box each week. After enough money has been accrued, the group begins loaning funds to the members. Women in the VSLA are often able to borrow money for the first time in their lives. This money is typically borrowed to pay for farming inputs or to pay their children’s school fees. The women of the VSLA group set their own interest rate and are required to pay back their borrowed money with interest in a certain amount of time. Field of Hope assists in training the women on sustainable agricultural practices, financial literacy, and discipleship, along with so much more!
Below is a snapshot of the average women farmers in the VSLA groups that Field of Hope supports
Alebtong Village (Uh-leb-tong)
Average Age: 40
Farms 4.75 acres
Average Annual Income: 443,830 UG Shilling = $119.81 US Dollars
A few sheep
Apac Village (Uh-pa-ch)
Average age: 42
Farms 6 acres
6 or 7 children
Average Annual Income: 500,000 UG Shilling = $134.97 US Dollars
A couple pigs and sheep
Amolatar Village (Uh-mo-le-tar)
Average age: 41
Farms 6.75 acres
Average Annual Income: 3,513,333 UG Shilling = $948.38 US Dollars
Dokolo Village (Do-kuh-lo)
Average age: 37
Farms 4 acres
Average Annual Income: 3,330,769 UG Shilling = $899.10 US Dollars
Alongside their livestock, these women farm a variety of crops such as maize, millet, sunflower, cassava, beans, and many more. Typically, they are responsible for fetching water, caring for their children, cooking, cleaning, washing, paying school fees, and farming.
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100% of the money raised today will go directly towards Field of Hope programs in Uganda and India thanks to the generous donations of the Founder’s Circle and FOH Board of Directors that cover all adminsitrative costs.