In 2011, American Advisors Group became inspired by an organization in Uganda dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and empowering women who have been victimized by trafficking, violence, and poverty. This organization is called the Kwagala Project. Since then, American Advisors Group has made the Kwagala Project the anchor program for our AAGives Back campaign. Every month, American Advisors Group raises money through different fundraisers to help support the house in Gulu where the girls live. Together, American Advisors Group and the Kwagala Project give the girls an opportunity to invest in their future. In addition, American Advisors Group works closely with the Second Harvest Food Bank collecting goods for Food Drives.
This month in charity, American Advisors Group is glad to hear our girls of the Kwagala Project teamed up with Free the Girls, another organization that is also dedicated to helping women victimized by sex trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand bras. In the local area, second-hand bras are a sought after item that can bring in a good income, earning at least 3 times as much as the minimum wage. Our girls are able to sell bras on their free time, according to their school schedule. In addition, bra-selling provides an environment where women work with women, who thus feel safer and less threatened due to their history of being used and abused by men.
American Advisors Group is proud to hear that one of our Kwagala students in particular, Sonia, has proven herself a very ambitious and successful business woman. She uses her batch of bras to supply the inventory for local shops, and has earned a good income to provide for her family. This opportunity has allowed her to earn enough to pay off her debts, pay rent in advance, and provide enough food to her family of four. Other women have had similar successes as well.
This new-found independence and success has strengthened their perspective on life. No longer do they feel helpless as they save money for themselves or send money to their family in the village. They have built up their skills bartering their desirable product and have gained experience and confidence in themselves. AAG and the Kwagala Project are always in awe of the strength that arise in these women, despite the hardships they had faced in the past. To learn about how you can help, visit KwagalaProject.org.
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