I am 38 years old. There was no happiness in my childhood. When I was six years old, my brother lost a dog-fighting match and started fighting with my cousin which led to my cousin’s death.
Gender based violence
I was born in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. But I had to stop secondary school when my father died. I was very sad and even angry to have stopped going to school, but I had no choice as my mother was sick and I had to work to support her.
“Throughout my life I have faced many hardships”
I’m 39 years old. I’m married and I have two children of my own, a son and a daughter. And I have adopted five more children, because of the genocide.
It’s mango season in Yei. After weeks of heavy downpours, the ripe, delicious fruit is literally falling off the trees, providing a ready, nutritious source of food and income.
I was a happy woman, wife, and mother before the war came to my front door. After high school, I wanted to earn some money and explore the city so I went to be a babysitter for a family in Bukavu.
My last name, Dudic, is one that I got from marriage. Even though I am divorced, I have never changed it back. I have a son and a daughter, and my wrecked marriage has actually yielded some good.
“I wanted to enrol in the Women for Women programme after I heard an announcement made in church. I wanted to learn how to calculate profits and losses, and how to better manage my business. The trainings have helped Unis achieve both of these.
Tony Gambino is a member of the Board of Directors and also served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Women for Women International in 2014. An internationally recognised expert on the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Mr.
Antoinette Uwimana serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Rwanda, where she manages programmes that have served more than 75,000 women since 1997.