Send a Cow | Joy sits with her son and grandson

Joy Nabirye, Uganda

Joy Nabirye (45) lives in Kiwungu Village, Uganda. She has recieved training as part of our Agriculture for Women with Disabilities Activites project (AWDA) and is now a peer farmer trainer with the Busuyi Kiribeda Women and Disabilities Group.

"Even 1 year in you can see impact – in terms of support, love, kindness. We were people nobody bothered about. Now we are very happy! As people with disabilities others thought we couldn’t dig, but Send a Cow believed in us and gave us knowledge. I can crawl and dig!"

"I grow aubergines, kale and amaranths and sell them at market. I use the amaranths seeds to make porridge and we eat the leaves. So I sell vegetables and I eat vegetables – I am growing younger!

Since Send a Cow training we have become teachers of people who are regarded as able. I have been on the radio teaching the community – people who are able don’t always have the knowledge. The radio session was one hour and listened to across the region. I spoke and the world listened – people who heard that still call me up to ask me for information.

Send a Cow | Joy sits with her goats behind her
"This project is fantastic for people with disabilities. Even within the disability movement there is discrimination. Send a Cow doesn’t mind what disabilities you have, you can exploit other senses. If you're blind or deaf – it shouldn’t be an inability to do things."

I am chair of the sub county - an instructor on disability issues and I spoke at council level with officials. This community needs more enlightenment on disability – other farmers need to know about the issues. People think that people with disabilities are not clean but look at my house!

When I go for training, I go with my daughter-in-law, Agnes. If they teach something that needs someone with limbs she can help me. My daughter-in-law is my legs, my transport, she is everything. Wherever I go she goes with me. She lifts me onto a boda boda (motorcycle), she lifts me on her back she helps me to garden. She lives here with my son Denis and their son Destiny.

Music, dance and drama are good as tools – our group uses music dance and drama to talk about disability it is a good way to spread the message. It passes on messages whilst people are being entertained. We were awarded number 3 in the district in a mixed competition with non-disabled people."

See joy singing with the Busuyi Kiribeda Women and Disabilities Group: