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Miriame's story

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The financial burden fell not only on Miriame, but on her whole family. With all their savings exhausted, Miriame's daughter was forced to leave her education behind and become her mother's full-time caregiver. They moved in with Miriame's brother in Kampala and are now totally dependent on him for financial support, while he himself struggles to raise his two young boys.

Miriame feels guilty for being such a burden; she has been bed-bound for several months and is unable to help around the home or earn any income.

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