Thankful Thursday: A Journey Through Kenya and Uganda

Dear Friends of MPA,In January, I had the great opportunity of traveling with Sr. Toni and 6 other MPA friends to visit MPA’s projects in Uganda and Kenya.

It was an amazing and humbling experience, which opened my eyes and heart to the human spirit of the African people and those who work alongside them to help improve their quality of life.

We met young women who struggled to recover and rebuild their lives after surgery to repair “Fistula,” a traumatic injury sustained during difficult childbirth. We met farmers who worked long and hard in preparation to receive their “Cow,” bringing new income and opportunity to their family. We met people in the slums of Nairobi, who, despite living in the worst possible conditions, smiled and welcomed us into their homes and stores. We met men and women who suffered alcohol and drug addiction, but are working hard on their sobriety at an inpatient treatment program.



It was my great pleasure to meet some of the individuals who partner with MPA. Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, Fr. George Ssemmombwe and Fr. Peter Ssenkaayi come from Masaka Diocese in Uganda. They shepherd their people spiritually while working tirelessly on the Cow Project and Fistula Pig Project. They were enthusiastic and accountable for the projects they manage with MPA’s help.



Ingrid Munroe of Jamii Bora/Yawezekana SACCO, LTD and her capable staff live their mission with great enthusiasm that “Everything Is Possible.” They attack poverty at its worst in the slums of Nairobi and continue to bring people up through small loans that change people’s lives and the lives of their children. A small loan might mean a better home to live in or a chance for their children to go to school.


To say my “Gratitude List” has increased, would be an understatement. Foremost, I am grateful for my faith, my life, my health, my husband Charlie and my family, my friends, my country and my home. But, now, I am grateful to have met these people in Africa who have inspired me in their simplicity to be joyful, to be happy, to be welcoming, and thus to be grateful to God for His blessings. I am honored to continue to donate and support MPA in its partnerships in Africa and encourage others to do the same. Microfinancing Partners in Africa has and is changing lives and helping to make “Everything Possible”.


Joyce Woodard