Evans Ssenabulya and his wife, Roy, have three daughters under the age of eight. Like most parents, it was impossible for Evans to ignore the importance of investing in education as he watched his three beautiful girls grow up. He also noticed how many children in the community, mostly girls, were removed from school when their families became unable to cover expenses. In 2007, Evans decided to do something. He started a school of 100 students in a small wooden structure on a rented plot of land. Now, just six years later, he owns the land and has grown the Ridgeway School into a day and boarding program serving over 900 students.
If you ask him, Evans will say that Opportunity International helped advance his dreams far beyond what he thought possible. Through three loans and a corresponding savings account, he was able to purchase land, construct buildings and open a retail store selling scholastic materials. Evans won’t stop there; he continues to dream about brighter futures for his students. He plans to refurbish and expand the existing facilities, increase enrollment to 5000, and introduce computer technology and life skills into the curriculum to better equip his students for the future.
Thanks to our loyal supporters and Evans’ unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit, many impoverished communities now have access to high quality education.
- At Opportunity International, we offer unique support through our Education Finance initiative. Read more about us and our education work.
- With the assistance of loans, parents of impoverished families are able to afford their children's tuition.
- For over 40 years, Opportunity International's loans and training help business owners like school proprietors expand their schools and hire more teachers.
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