Agness and her husband, William, are farmers in southwestern Uganda. They grow maize, beans, sugarcane, and other crops, and sell their sugarcane in the local market. Their hard work has enabled them to support their family of four children. Two of their children have left home for work and two are still at home attending secondary school.
When she is feeling good, Agness enjoys participating in her local savings group and learning to weave baskets. It makes her happy to see her children do well in school and develop skills so they can be successful in life.
Agness, who is currently fifty years old, has had uterine fibroids for many years. Fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus, though they can cause severe pain. Agness had surgery on her fibroids back in 2004, but they have since returned and have become so painful that she has not been able to work. The pain stretches from her abdomen to her back.
Agness’ doctors have recommended a hysterectomy– a surgical procedure to remove the uterus– in order to alleviate her pain and eradicate the fibroids. While she cannot afford the operation without help from Watsi, she has contributed $8 towards the cost.
After her surgery, Agness is looking forward to farming again. She hopes to grow her small business selling sugarcane and begin selling her baskets as well. “I am so grateful for the help with my surgery,” says Agness. “If God is willing, I will be able to work and continue to pay my children’s school fees.”