Unlocking Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs—Alomo’s Story
After years of violent conflict in northern Uganda, young women find renewed hope.
When Alomo was 10 years old, the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that terrorized northern Uganda for more than 20 years, killed her father. Left to raise her children alone, Alomo’s mother didn’t have enough money to feed them or pay for their school fees. Alomo was forced to drop out—and lose sight of her dreams—before finishing high school.
Though the LRA has been driven out of the region, its impact endures: the war orphaned thousands of children, disrupted education, and destroyed livelihoods. Uganda’s youth are eager to contribute to their country’s economic and social transformation—but they struggle to get back into school and gain the skills they need.
A Global Fund for Children partner Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment—West Nile (RICE-WN) is working to change that. Through its community outreach programs, RICE-WN heard about Alomo and encouraged her to apply for its empowerment program.
Specifically designed for girls affected by conflict, the program offers a combination of educational support, counseling, entrepreneurial and leadership training, and community engagement activities. Together, these initiatives lay the foundation for independence.
Alomo, now 20 years old, runs her own hair salon.
Alomo has a lot to be proud of. With support from RICE-WN, she enrolled in a vocational training school. Today, she runs her own hair salon and supports her mother, siblings, and herself.
A partner since 2014, RICE-WN has thrived with the help of numerous GFC capacity development services, including an organizational development grant to fund strategic planning. GFC also helped RICE-WN attract $195,000 in new funds from other donors, contributing to a budget growth of 300% over the course of the partnership.