I am from Uganda.  In 2007, I was attacked with acid by the father of my oldest child because I left him. Life was bad after the attack because I was so isolated.  Now I live with my sister and my three children. 

I started making lots of crafts and shoes 10 years ago and selling them in the surrounding area and to my friends. That is my main source of income. These crafts help me pay school fees for my children and buy food and medication. I use boda boda (motorcycles) to get my crafts to my customers. I like crafting because I earn money doing what I enjoy. My favorite crafts to make are baskets and paper beads. I get my paper beads materials from Nasser road from stationers and basket materials from Mpigi deep in villages. 

My future goal is to construct a reasonable house. Because RISE has supported me by buying and selling my crafts in different parts of the world, I have been able to buy a plot of land. I also want to expand my craft business to support my fellow survivors. 

Coronavirus update:

Before the pandemic, I used to get many people making orders of crafts but now people no longer make orders of my crafts. I had saved some money from crafts and when the pandemic came, I decided to start another small business of Ludo (a game). I would like to tell those in America to continue buying our crafts because the profits I normally get help us to look after our families. 

The situation in Uganda has not been good both socially and economically. The government gave me posho and beans, which did not last long. I am still able to work but no one is buying my crafts. My kids are not in school and now they have lost morale of revising their books because they are not sure when they will go back to school. My children are not getting the basic needs because of the current situation. I am able to buy face masks for my family but I cannot afford to buy all the essentials. 

  acid attack survivor Julie