Mary Luwe is from South Sudan. When war broke out in her country, she was forced to flee to Uganda. She and her children became refugees. When they arrived in Uganda, they were taken to a refugee settlement and given land and a tarp for shelter. Once a month, her family receives a very small amount of food from the UN, but it is not enough to adequately feed her children. This provided temporary help for Mary, but, because of the war, she will be in Uganda for a long time. Mary is capable and wants to work and her children want to go to school. She does not need someone to pay for her food, she needs a way to earn money so she can pay for her own food, send her kids to school, and pay for the doctor when they are sick. She wanted to start a business, but she needed a loan (money she could borrow), a safe place to save money she earned, and the support of other moms just like her.
Mary decided to join a Seed Effect savings and loan group where she meets weekly with other women to read the Bible and save and borrow money from each other. She used the small loans to start a business and can now send her ten children to school and provide the food they need. Here is what Mary said,
“Through the church, I joined a Seed Effect group. When we come together, we share, have fun, and forget our sorrows. I have used my loans to grow my business, repair my hut, and send my children to school. My favorite activity in our group is when we share our problems and encourage each other in the Bible. Knowing Jesus more deeply has given me hope for my life. I can feel God’s love for me.”