Rachael aged 39 years, a single ,HIV Positive mother with four children living in Nandere village,Kibuku district.She got to know about through a friend who she shared her problem with. Racheal had malaria on and off so she confided in a friend called Edisa Gwama who knew about the work done by Kadama widows (KWA ) in the community, she opted to visit KWA for advise, the clinical officer at KWA welcomed her and she wanted to know her sero-status.At the time she was pregnatnt
After testing HIV positive, she felt 'dead' ,she was counseled on how to live positively,trained on Positive Self Managemnet Program9PSMP),reffered and escorted to health center for PMTCT and was later referred and escorted to TASO –Mbale for CD4 Count .Racheal had a safe baby and she is so happu about this through the PMTCT.As time went by she was enrolled on septrine and later Antiretroviral drugs.
Rachael sank into thoughts and her drug adherence was indeed poor, which further lowered her immunity and weakened her. People stigmatised her because of her status,her husband even anounced that she was dying any time at the trading center but she thanks her God for KWA
As a result KWA volunteers visited her with the clinical officer and the home based care nurse. She was offered psycho-social support through counseling, spiritual support through prayers, was helped with domestic work like cleaning her compound, washing her plates among other things as a way of building her hope.
Racheal was among the 60 women trained in saloon and she has been able to save money and has built for her mother a house,she has constant income dailing ranging from 20,000/= t0 30,000/=.She has aquired another piece of land and she is planning to build her house.Meanwhile her husband is now 'back' because Racheal is doing well,but instead being a community champion she has dviced him to join TASO and get ARVs to live longer.