A jigger starts out so small it is nearly invisible. It burrows into a person’s skin and latches onto blood vessels. Within days the jigger swells to over 1000 times the size it was while continuously laying eggs. Those eggs hatch, mature, and lead to an infestation.

The results of jigger infestation are pain, itching, and infection. Children stop walking to school. Adults can’t care for their families. The elderly become captive in their homes.

Worst of all, due to widespread cultural beliefs, people infested with jiggers are often shunned for the “curse” painfully visible upon their body.


Jiggers are treated by slicing open the skin with a sharp razor and removing the egg sack from the host. It’s a quick step repeated hundreds or thousands of times on a person’s body until they are 100% jigger free. Once Jigger free, their empty wounds must heal, and they are fitted for shoes. As their body takes time to recover from the trauma of removal, they rest and are moved into the most impactful part of Sole Hope’s process, EDUCATION.

Doesn’t sound too hard, does it? So, why not just quickly remove them at home? Despite it appearing to be “that simple,” in the last several years we discovered there is so much more to jigger removal and long-term care than hosting a clinic and producing shoes. Education is key to their long-term health.

Our Education program tells the real story about jiggers, what they are, how you get them, and how to remain jigger free for life. We address false beliefs commonly taught that jiggers are a “curse,” and show them they do not have live this way. Jiggers may feel like a curse to the person affected, but there is another way!

Though jiggers are a complex problem, the solutions are simple and can change a person’s life forever. Lives are genuinely transformed in short spans of time through these simple steps, hope is restored, and families and communities are put back together again. But even better than before. 

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Clean water and removal supplies, post wound care kits, shoes, and education are all required to address and combat this dangerous bug and its fast infestations. It’s not enough to just remove the problem one time, we have to partner with communities to enhance the quality of life and education, so they are empowered to maintain their jigger free life through resources and knowledge.

As long as people live with the belief jiggers are a curse they cannot treat, they will remain captive unnecessarily. This is why education is vital. Almost all affected tell us they did not know the truth about jiggers and how to safely remove them. They thought they were cursed for the life.

As long as people cannot provide for themselves or their family, their quality of life will suffer greatly. When families suffer entire communities and economies feel the impact. This is why we actively employ 100+ Ugandans and partner with many patients post care to actively provide sustainable jobs. When families are positively impacted, communities become stronger.

Though jiggers are a complex problem, the solutions are simple and can change a person’s life forever.

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