Assistance to Guardians
The needs within the Kigumba area are great with, for example many single mums renting a room where they stay with their children. To pay for their rent they will try to raise income by selling such items as charcoal or cassava but the income is very low. After paying their rent, buying food and other domestic costs there is no money left to cover school costs.Another scenario which is common in the villages will be an elderly grandmother in poor health looking after grandchildren, the parents have died or deserted their children (yes, mothers desert their children). They will be living in a mud hut with no facilities. Fit single mums or guardians receive income from labouring in the fields which is hard seasonal work. The government is not able to help such people on low income.
To help the guardians raise their income JLtLC is providing land and training in growing vegetables. They grow beans, tomatoes, cabbages and sweet potatoes. The guardians, mainly women, have also received training to improve their domestic livestock keeping skills and in 2017 everyone received a female goat worth $30 each.
In the future a micro-credit scheme is being looked at as another way to help with income. Hugh Pilcher has had notable experience in such schemes. One mum is being trialled at the moment with a loan of $15, enough to grow of a crop of beans on one acre.