Partner: Joint Effort for Development (JED)
Partner Since: 2015
Current Number of Clients Being Served: Around 150
2017 GDP per Capita (Nominal): $228 (<1% of USA)
JED had planned to start SIMPAP (Single Mother’s Poverty Alleviation Program), a South Sudanese microfinance program owned and managed by South Sudanese focused on empowering single mothers. Then came the current civil war. Rather than giving up, the JED Board (most of them now refugees as well) started a vocational training program for the very single mothers who were now refugees in northern Uganda. They have started with training in tailoring and beadwork so that the single mothers can generate much-needed income for their children. Beyond the training, JED offers emotional and spiritual support as well. Now they are even able to offer micro-loans. When peace returns, and we pray soon, JED will extend the microfinance program back in Morobo County of South Sudan, but until then, JED will stand with these single mother refugees in northern Uganda, and PEER Servants is partnering with them to that end.