Prossy Kyomukama is a market vendor at Katojjo daily market and a member of one of the beneficiary grass root women groups in Biharwe division Mbarara district benefiting from the SWoCoSa project. Strengthening Grassroots Women to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic to Enhance safety(SWoCoSa) is a COVID response project being implemented in 3 sub-counties of Mbarara district with support form UN Women with funds from the Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF).
She said before the project started “COVID19 wasn’t taken very serious. We thought it was either a myth or a disease for people in Kampala.” People were a bit reluctant in observing the standard operating procedures by the ministry of Health. Later COVID19 started impacting our community both physically and psychologically. Business was not as usual there were no sales and to top it all up we lost one of our work colleague to COVID-19.”
Prossy became a project beneficiary when her grass root women group of Katojjo God’s Will was recruited on the project as a result they participated in the baseline and beneficiary mapping of the project. The project sensitized the grass root women about COVID-19 and the SOPs recommended by the ministry of health through radio talk show and spot messages. She said “we received COVID-19 IEC materials and shared within our community, we were given PPEs (face mask, sanitizers and washing soap) and hand washing facility for our market. The hand washing facilities has made the market vendors and customers adopt the practice of hand washing which was previously ignored when we were using small jerry cans for washing. The hand washing attracted more customers to our market stalls because it shows we are conscious and observing safety against COVID-19.