The Akiru Ladies

Meet the special gals that make the magic happen! More information coming soon on each of their backgrounds and the difference this project makes in their lives each day.

  • Adoc
  • Akello
  • Ayo
  • Katie
  • Kionga
  • Longole
  • Maria
  • Teresa

Adoc

Adoc

Adoc (pronounced adoch) is one of our paper-makers and the very first woman hired by Akiru. (Read a fuller account of her story on the page “Our Story”.) She is a widow of 10 years, left with 3 children now reaching into their teens, and has had a very difficult life. Before working for Akiru, Adoc struggled to provide even the basic necessities for her children. She hauled water to make a little money, usually only about 50 cents a day, but after testing positive for HIV, frequent illness and fatigue cut her earnings by more than half. Her family sometimes went without food for several days and she had no way to put her children though school.

Nowadays, Adoc is always quick to share how Akiru and paper-making have changed her life. Not only has this job saved her from carrying water to provide for her family, a very physically taxing job, but the decent salary means Adoc no longer has to worry about what her kids will eat today. Also, thanks to her improved diet, she no longer suffers constantly from sickness. Most encouraging is the fact that Adoc is now able to put her kids through school and she has a newfound sense of hope for her family’s future.

Akello

Akello

Akello's story coming soon!

Ayo

Ayo

Ayo (pronounced eye-yo) is another one of our paper-makers. Like many of our women, Ayo’s life was very difficult before beginning work with Akiru. Just getting enough food to feed her family every day was a struggle. Being widowed and left with 3 young children meant she had very few options for making a living, so breaking rocks was her only source of income. She would spend hours sitting and crushing large stones into gravel-size pieces that people buy for making cement. Sadly, she would often wait several months in order to sell a single dollar’s worth of rocks. This obvious lack of income equaled no food for Ayo’s family, especially in the years when their garden’s harvest was poor. Ayo frequently fell sick, often 4 times in a month, due to anxiety and stress.

Once she began working for Akiru, Ayo noticed a difference in her life and family. She is worry-free and much healthier now that she has enough money to pay rent, put her children in school, and have enough to eat every day. Ayo even found a new husband and is expecting her fourth child very soon. She is thankful to Akiru, hopeful about life, and saving up to buy some land of her own.

Katie

Katie

Katie's story coming soon!

Kionga

Kionga

Kionga's story coming soon!

Longole

Longole

Longole's story coming soon!

Maria

Maria

Maria's story coming soon!

Teresa

Teresa

Teresa's story coming soon!