Donavence is a 66-year-old woman living in Ruseke village. Her husband died years ago, leaving her as a widow with 5 daughters and 1 son, whom she single-handedly raised. She also looks after 5 grandchildren.
When RTV projects were introduced in Ruseke village in 2017, Donavence was among the first beneficiaries to embrace the projects. On behalf of her grandchildren, she received a pig from RTV’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) group which she looked after well and passed on its piglets to other beneficiaries. She has also received rabbits and a lamb. She hopes that the different livestock she rears will sustain her family, especially in helping her son complete his education. She is thankful for the livestock she received through RTV because she could not have afforded them otherwise.
Donavence is most happy about the RTV agricultural trainings she received: “Through the trainings, I learned how to grow tomato fruits. I began growing in 2018 and making sales from my fruits. This includes selling to some village members who buy directly from home while others I sell to at the market. Growing the tomato fruits has greatly helped my family, I have been able to provide books, pens, soap, and sugar for my family.” She gets between 8,000-10,000 UGX in a week from her sales (approximately $2.16-2.70 USD).
Donavence is a people person and relates well with her peers. Because of this, she has been elected and trusted by her community members to head the treasury of the Agricultural Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) as well as be the caretaker of the motorbike ambulance in Ruseke village. This has helped empower her. She is now more confident speaking in front of a group of people, a skill which has helped her when she sells her tomato fruits.
We look forward to seeing Donavence continue to progress and sharing other success stories with you soon!