the Violence of Poverty
Ellie Yusuf-Ali, intern for Bududa Learning Center, Uganda
Africans often comment
that not only does poverty itself increase violence as the poor attempt
to stay alive, but that poverty itself is violence because it robs people,
particularly children, of their ability to live a healthy, useful life.
of torn sandbags and broken wood, is the entrance to Alice Khabele’s
home; an open rusty door, concealed by torn plastic and rags. Past the
entrance is the home itself, cluttered with pots and pans, silver basins,
empty plastic bottles, and an unattended pot of leftover maize in a
corner. The walls of crumbling of brick and cement, barely covered by
curtains, have no windows, leaving half of her home in darkness even
during the days.
“We are suffering in this one bed-room. All of us live here,”
says Alice. Her home is a rented room that Alice and her four children
live in. To Alice, this home has been a burden for many years. It has
been a sign of what her life has lacked, and a new home has been a dream
of hers to adequately shelter herself and her children.
want to build a house for my family. It is a hurdle for us because buying
a land and constructing a house are very expensive.”
husband passed away, she became the sole source of income for her family,
quickly finding herself in financial trouble. Alice explained that this
is now one of her greatest problems and led her to Women's Microfinance
Bududa (WMB), which became a source of hope for a steady income to provide
education for her children, to feed her family, and to build a new home.
firm belief in the Microfinance program, Alice is running a clothing
business, which she believes has “helped her very much.”
Alice is striving to purchase a new home, fulfilling a longtime dream;
provide clothing, food, and education for her children, so that she
can ensure the best future for them.