Deformed Mother Beats Odds to Survive

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Naiga says despite her deformities, she has been able to enjoy her life. She does all the chores in her house such as washing, cooking and weaves mats and baskets to earn a living.

40-year-old Annette Naiga, a resident of Mpererwe, a Kampala suburb is deformed. She was born without hands and fully developed legs. Unlike many people born with a similar condition, Naiga struggles hard to live a life of a normal woman.

Naiga says despite her deformities, she has been able to enjoy her life. She does all the chores in her house such as washing, cooking and weaves mats and baskets to earn a living. The single mother of four, who is reluctant to speak about her husband, supports her children with her savings.

Naiga is happy that she gave birth to children without any difficulty and is able to support them.

Luganda Audio
 
//Cue in:  Mukama yasobola......
Cue Out: ........Mpola mpola”//
 
Naiga’s struggle to survive led to the music industry, where she curtain raises at concerts to supplement her income. According to Naiga, it is at one of these concerts that she Stecia Mayanja, a local musician. Stecia Mayanja offered her one million shillings to set up a business to prevent her from moving at the night to perform at Music concerts.

Naiga says she used the money to set up a kiosk in Mpererwe trading centre, where she would sell children’s accessories and hand crafts.
 
// Cue In: “Business eyo.....
Cue Out...ebikwata ku Bana”//
 
However, Naiga says her business was short-lived. She explains that she got a call early this year on one Sunday morning from concerned people informing her that KCCA law enforcement officers had evicted her stall. According to Naiga, she neither received any warning or notice to remove her kiosk.
 
//Cue In: “Tebatugambako……..
Cue Out…Kunywa”//
 
Naiga says her dream if to get her own house and see her children excel but her hands are tied because her business was destroyed. She calls upon good Samaritans to help education her children and get back her business on track.