I am Tappy Namusobya Namukose 43, married, a mother of four children and a grandmother of one. Fourteen years ago, I had to make a profound decision with my family to start a life in a new community in Nabukosi.This was after my husband lost a job. He was the primary caretaker of the family and my role was to wait until he provided. Life in town became very challenging and unbearable.
Transitioning to the village life became very difficult. I desired to find work and support my family but this was impossible because working opportunities were rare and available only to the educated women and men. I discovered that I was more than a dependant partner, but a mother and a wife who can equally contribute towards the welfare of my family. With the support of my husband we started farming in the community to be able to provide for our family, but our earnings could only enable us provide basic necessities.
In 2010, Akola gave me an opportunity to work in my community. I was not only presented with a working opportunity but also a chance to uncover my strength and tap into responsibilities that others believed predominantly belonged to a certain category of people. I have worked as a partner with my husband to educate our children, build a house, and I recently completed three rental houses.
My strength comes from understanding that regardless where my story started, I have within me what it takes to change it!