Sylvia Nalubega, 32 years old, resides in Nakagongo village in Ssembabule district of Uganda. She is the mother to one child. In 2003, Sylvia delivered her child at the traditional birth attendant’s home. She went through prolonged labor that ended in a fistula. Even with her fistula, Sylvia is grateful that her baby survived and is living a healthy life.
After years of struggle and her husband passing away, Sylvia was referred to Kitovu hospital where she received a full surgical repair at zero cost to her. During this time recovering, she learned about the Piglet Project.
In January of 2016, Sylvia was given her first piglet. After one year, her pig had 8 piglets. Five of these were females and three were boars. She passed on two female piglets to her group mates per the project’s requirements.
Since then, Sylvia has sold 5 piglets from the second litter at UGX 30,000 ($8.30 USD) each for a total of UGX 150,000 ($41.49 USD) and she has invested the money in making a business selling snacks including chapattis, pancakes, and cassava chips to her neighbors and to nearby schools. From this business, Sylvia earns good money, improving both her child’s and her life. Sylvia is happy to be on track for her dream of owning a personal plot of land.