Capable recognizes that everyone has inherent, God-given potential. The tipping point between poverty and well-being is when people experience a shift in mindset and fully realize they are capable. Through a 2-year cohort model for ultra-poor subsistence farmers, Capable seeks to show that poverty alleviation is so much more than an economic process and that economic outcomes are interdependent with a wide array of other factors that are often ignored. Communities who have the largest amount of economic success are the same ones that are physically healthy, believe in their capabilities, have developed social safety nets, and realize a high level of gender equality.
Alice is a member of Wanen Anyim (translated “we look forward”) Capable farmers group in Lelabaro village. Due to hardship, she dropped out of school at primary 6 and was married off at the age of 16. The relationship lasted only 3 years because of physical and emotional abuse, so she returned home. Alice’s elder brothers passed on one after another, resulting in despair and sense of hopelessness. She joined a group of friends who engaged in drinking and she became alcoholic. During the civil war in the north of Uganda, Alice took refuge in the neighboring District of Masindi. She was known by everyone for her alcoholic behavior as she made fun and people laughed at her in disbelief, offering her free alcohol in exchange for her fun games.
Her family and the community had lost hope in her and did not believe that anything good could come out of her. Despite all this, Alice was a hardworking woman, working in people’s gardens for small income to buy alcohol.
When Capable arrived in 2018, Alice was selected to benefit as a subsistence farmer. After repeated sessions with counselors, Alice realized how her life was wasting away, and made a decision to restore her relationship with God, family members and the community. She joined a local Church and is a very active member now. When terms of office of the group leadership to which Alice belongs expired, the members trusted Alice and elected her as Chairperson. The community gained confidence and developed love for Alice upon seeing the significant change she experienced. Alice has a vision to pay her son’s school fees, construct a permanent house, and strengthen her faith in the Lord. Today she is sober during training sessions and chairs her meetings well. This season Alice is a proud owner of 6.7 acres of yellow corn and she is working hard to open more acres in season two to improve her income. All of this change came about as a result of the love showed to Alice instead of rejection based on her behavior influenced by her sense of hopelessness. We praise God with Alice who is now a leader in her community. She has become an energetic and happy woman, a role model and a living testimony to many.