By Gloria Namuyombya

Back in 2017, when I had lost all hope, when it felt like my academic life had come to an end, I got a phone call that changed everything, and made me hopeful of the future.

It was at that moment that I believed I still had a chance to make it in life and ever since that eventful day of the phone call, my life has never been the same again.

Apart from the fact that I am pursuing an undergraduate degree, there has been a lot of progress within my family as a whole. Before benefiting from the scholarship, my family and I lived in a slum, in a house built from mud and wattle. Coming from a family of seven, we all had to fit in the one-room house which also acted as the kitchen, living space as well as sleeping area.

With the monthly stipend I receive as part of my scholarship benefit, I was able to purchase a new piece of land (50*100 ft) in Kakiri-Wakiso District where we are currently constructing a decent home.  

I’m also glad to note that the new home has four bedrooms, a living room and dining space. It feels awesome to know that my family and I now have a decent place that we call home. A few years ago, this was something unimaginable.

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The photos above show our former home and our new home

I also enrolled my little sister to a boarding school. Growing up in a slum, I saw many girls fail to make it to secondary school level because of teenage pregnancies. I didn’t want my sister to end up in the same trap.

Apart from taking care of my sister’s educational needs, including her tuition, I also support my other siblings by providing them with school requirements (before schools were shut down to prevent COVID-19).

Thanks to the scholarship, none of my siblings was ever sent home due to failure to pay school fees or the lack of scholastic materials. 

I have also enrolled one of my brothers to a car mechanics training. Being busy at the garage also means he is able to keep away from peer pressure and bad influence. So far, he has gained skills that I believe he will use to earn an income long after completing his formal studies.

Before benefiting from the scholarship, we rarely managed to afford two meals a day as my mother did not have the finances to do so. But now with additional income coming in through the scholarship, we can afford two meals a day, including breakfast.

The business my mother engages in has seasonal market. That means when she has low or no sales, I am able to step in and provide for the family.

This is how we have been able to sustain ourselves.

I am grateful to MasterCard Foundation/RUFORUM for the opportunity offered to me to be able to impact my family in a positive way. All this wouldn’t have been possible without your generous and continued support.

I will continue on the path of transforming not only my family, but the community as well.

One Comment on “A scholarship that changed my family’s life

  1. Wow, so inspirational! Great thanks to Mastercard Foundation/Ruforum for changing lives. I also believe that my family’s life will be changed when I get this scholarship.!


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