This story about Mary one of YICE’s Hygiene Ambassadors featured on Huffing ton post on 10th/March/2015!

Mary Nanyonga is a 27 year old mother of 3 in Mubende, Uganda with big dreams for the future.

Life wasn’t always so easy for Mary. A few years ago, a battered, shaky Mary ran to her parents’ house, fleeing years at the hands of abusive husband. Her husband was prone to drinking, beating her nightly. He denied her the chance to work and make an income.

Last year, Mary’s youngest son unexpectedly fell ill from an intense bout of diarrhea. The doctors told her he had just days to live. Thankfully, Mary’s son defied the odds and has now made a full recovery, but those two weeks of hospital bills were costly. She spent her entire annual savings in one check to the hospital.

But Mary is a testament to the strong will so many women around the world show. She relishes the chance to be out of the house and has taken the opportunity to educate herself. “A woman is nothing without education” she proudly say. Today, Mary is a role model to her community: she knows how to read and write, completed her secondary education and even managed to teach herself basic English.

Mary was also trained by a local nonprofit YICE in good farming practices and financial management skills. Eventually she was able to obtain a small business loan to create her very own garden of ground nuts, sweet potatoes, cassava, beans and maize.

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