The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers project in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to raise millions of children orphaned by AIDS.
In a bid to break the poverty circle among vulnerable groups served under Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative 60 grandmothers were mobilized to receive a12 week’s entrepreneurship training with the aim of improving household welfare including development of business ideas and improvement of already existing businesses.
The grandmothers were rewarded with a booster in form of money to invest in their businesses. For Juliet a member of Twezimbe group from the training she has learnt how to keep records and has been in position to teach others how to make peanut butter. “In a day 19,500/= as profit. With an investment of 52,500/= only,” she said. “On this World AIDS Day, we remember the loved ones that we have lost to HIV. I remember our chairman Esther Pacoryema. For those that are still alive make something of your life and work hard always,” she added.