Catherine is a widow with five children - two sons and three daughters. Her husband passed away of AIDS three years ago. She herself has been tested for HIV four times but - thankfully - has came up negative every time.
In the morning, Catherine works the farm and then prepares the children for school. Some of the food she grows is for home consumption. She grows coffee and vanilla commercially. Unfortunately the market price for vanilla in particular had plummeted in recent times. It use to fetch ush30,000 ($US16.23) per kilo, but no she is lucky to get ush1,000 ($US0.54) per kilo.
In the afternoon she works as a tailor and earns ush50,000 ($US41.53) a month.
Catherine works hard to ensure all her children go to school. Her eldest child (20) wants to go to university and is clever enough to do so, but there is just no way Catherine can afford the ush1,200,000 ($US649) university fees. So her eldest is currently looking for a job in Kampala.
She prepares two meals per day for her family. Typically sweet potato, cassava and posho.
She feels one of her major problems is that she works a lot, yet all of her money is spent on keeping the house running. She thinks it would be great for people to support GrassRootsUganda.com as it would make her life a little bit easier as a single mother.
Her greatest wish is a good education for her children and a good home in which for them to live.