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Uganda today: The legacy of Joseph Kony and the LRA
March 12, 2012 by Cristine Betters
|While Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have most likely left Uganda, their legacy lives on. Women and girls who have survived violence still face many risks as they rebuild their lives in communities devastated by war. Photo: Cristine Betters/IRC|
The first time I traveled to the north of Uganda as the International Rescue Committee’s country director, I attended a meeting of a village saving and loans association. These are small groups whose members – primarily women – meet each week and encourage each other to save money and make very small, short-term loans to try out business ideas. The IRC has started these associations across northern Uganda as a low-cost way to provide financial services to the poor in rural communities – areas where formal banks are reluctant to invest.
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