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Why You Should Care About Sugar in Uganda

Sugar came up again when I spoke with Ahamed, our Beads Project Coordinator, and asked about the effects of the recent and serious drought in Uganda. Among other shortages, he told me that the women were having a hard time affording sugar. Since the 9 month drought, sugar prices doubled from 3,000 Ugandan shillings to 6,000 or even 7,000 shillings. In my “America-ized” mind, this didn’t mean much. In US dollars, the price of sugar went from $0.83 to $1.67 - pocket change in our understanding. Also, why even mention the price of sugar, if there were dire shortages of actual food?

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Why BOH Loves Moms

  Most of the 83 women we partner with in Uganda are MOMS! Not only are they moms, most are also single parents/grandparents with an average of 6 children under their wing. Needless to say, these women are strong heads-of-households that inspire both us at BOH and the children they care for. As one BSSP student, Christopher, writes in his yearbook statement: “Generally, what I hope to do when I am done with my studies is to look for a job and struggle to construct a house for my grandmother before I focus on my own life because she had for so long been there for me yet she had no money.” Need we say more?? (psst...You can read more quotes...

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