My name is Shanitah Nabuuma and I live in Nakulabye in Kampala, Uganda. I was attacked with acid in 2009 on my way home during my senior vacation. My ex-boyfriend attacked me due to relationship disagreements. Life after the attack changed. I had to change my dressing style to long-sleeved shirts, which could help hide my scars and put on sunglasses so people couldn't see the damaged eye.
Now I am married, and I live with my husband and four children. My husband supports us so much. He pays house rent, pays school fees, and looks after the family. I work as a shop attendant in Nakulabye but I also have skills in jewelry and bag making. The money I get from craft making adds to what I make from the shop to help support my children with basic needs. I sell my products to customers who find me at the retail shop where I work and friends who make orders. I also take some of my products to the church.
I learned how to make crafts from Beads for Life Uganda where we were trained how to make paper beads and jewelries. I also learned how to make different types of crafts in the craft training organized by End Acid Violence Uganda under the support of RISE. I also learned to make shoes in a training provided by EAV and RISE in 2018. I enjoy making crafts because I make them with a lot of passion.
My business goal is to empower other survivors by showing them that everything is possible when one is determined and to have a craft store. This fits into my goal of empowering my fellow acid survivors who think the world has ended with them.
In 2019, I participated in a business skills training and microloans program organized by EAV and RISE. After the training, I started a shoe and clothing shop.