Annual Report

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ARTISAN PROGRAMS

BUSINESS SEED FUNDING

Beyond jewelry making, a few of our artisans have begun to think outside the box and with the help of small business loans, have successfully started their own businesses. These include tree farming, ground nut production, a piggery, and a charcoal business. Eventually their businesses will reach the point when the women will be ready to graduate from Musana and run them full-time, thus creating more jobs in the community and opening up a spot for a new Musana artisan.


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MEDICAL SUPPORT

Through subsidizing medical costs, we make sure our artisans are able to seek quality treatment for themselves and their children when necessary. In addition to many smaller doctor visits, in 2016, subsidized costs supported significant medical procedures for artisans including: pregnancy complications, tubal pregnancy surgery, respiratory issues, and HIV support.

 

EDUCATION INITIATIVES

SCHOOL FEES MATCHING

To lighten the burden of tuition and school fees, Musana maintains a school fees matching program. Artisans pay half of the required school fees for their children and we match that to make up the rest. In 2016, Musana sponsored 55 children: 17 in Nursery School, 25 in Primary School, and 13 in Secondary School. Additionally, three artisans sent their first child to university this year with financial help from Musana. Each of those students are the first members of their families to attend college.

ARTISAN EDUCATION

One of Musana’s core initiatives is to provide educational opportunities for artisans in literacy, business, health, and values subjects. In 2016, Musana held over 100 educational training classes in each of those four target areas. Musana artisans also participated in health education training after which they participated in community outreach trainings to share health content with others. 

IMPACT STORY 

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Immaculate Babirye is one of the hard-working women who has directly benefitted from Musana’s curriculum efforts. Immaculate was only able to attend three years of elementary-age schooling because her parents were not able to afford school fees. When Immaculate became an employee at Musana, she did not know how to read or write. When asked about the impact on her life from Musana’s educational programs, Immaculate replied: 
“The literacy classes have helped me to learn how to write and to read the letters of the alphabet. I can write simple words using vowels and consonants, and I can also read a sentence of the same. I have improved on communication skills with my children as they help me with my assignments. 

As my desire to learn grows despite my age, I love helping the other women who are struggling with these classes. These trainings have also helped me in my role as a supervisor. I can write and read simple instructions for quality control and record daily production numbers for the women after work. This year my goal is to learn how to write a short story and to hold simple conversations in English.”

 

BUILDING PLANS

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PROJECT UPDATE: ASHLAF ABILITY CENTER

Musana is excited to support children with disabilities and has begun planning for the Ashlaf Ability Center which will include a private therapy room and equipment for children with disabilities to receive occupational, physical, and cognitive therapies. A benefit concert was held in Washington to fundraise for the Ashlaf Ability Center. The concert raised $20,000 and will be the center’s main source of funding. The center will be part of the new campus construction expected to be completed in 2017.

 

PARTNERSHIPS 

UGANDA                                                                        U.S.

Lugazi Town Council                                                     Rain International
Representatives for People with Disabilities                 Sorensen Legacy Foundation
Uganda Christian University                                          Brigham Young University
                                                                                      Interweave Solutions

 

LEADERSHIP

U.S. STAFF                                                     UGANDA STAFF

Melissa Sevy, Executive Director                   Tina Kyambadde, Manager
Linden Baker, Operations Director                 Rachel Alupo, Assistant Manager
                                                                       Madiina Nagawa, Shift Manager
                                                                       Immaculate Babirye, Shift Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Aaron Miller                                                   Linden Baker
Attorney / Professor, BYU                               Operations Director, Musana International

Melissa Sevy
Executive Director, Musana International 

IMPACT ADVISORY BOARD

Dani Shurtleff          Kristen Wade
Leslie Kawai            Mindy Jensen
Natalie Teeples

 

FINANCIALS

REVENUES                                                       EXPENSES

Jewelry Sales                $52,954                      Artisan Salaries                $21,861
Grants                           $19,795                      Artisan Programs              $28,052
Donations                      $29,460                     Management & General    $50,089
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TOTAL                           $102,209                   TOTAL                              $100,002

 


 

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