Computers are a powerful tool for women running a village loan hub, and for families in Buyobo!
Agnes, a local coordinator and liaison to other loan hubs, started training in the fall to review the computer work of BWA Operations Manager, Grace– tracking loan deposit slips, entering budget expenses in excel, and downloading and filing the documents and reports from other loan hubs.
After just a few months she has learned a lot, and gained a lot of confidence and skill!
This Christmas, she used her savings to buy a computer for her son Jonathan, which WMI brought over from the US. Jonathan just graduated from secondary school, and will be starting at university next fall, where he plans to study computers!
Jonathan brought his new computer into the office last week to show us a favorite video about tech company founders, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Michael Dell. His laptop also functions as a tablet, with the back folding over and removable stylus pen. During the WMI graduation, he used the laptop’s camera to take a video of Robyn’s speech.
He recently brought his computer to Mbale, and met with Grace and Karen (WMI intern) at an internet café to start to use the more extensive internet functions. It will be a big help for him at school in Kampala this year!
A computer is a powerful investment. Jonathan’s is the second computer that Agnes has bought. She got one for her first son last year, and has asked to buy another one this summer! Jackie, BWA vice president, recently also asked for one for her two kids to share, who are currently taking computer courses. Having their own computer would help them practice and learn more quickly, and make them a good resource for their mom!