Many people think that we are able to employ local Ugandans at Sole Hope only through shoemaking and the Sole Hope Outreach House, but what many people don’t know is that we employ local Ugandans through our guest house. Boke and Joyce are two of the amazing employees we have working at the Sole Hope Guest House. Joyce was part of the SUUBI beading group with the organization Light Gives Heat. When the group she was working for ended, we were able to provide her with a job working as the housekeep at the guest house. Boke works as our grounds-keeper and day security guard. Joyce and Boke have 5 biological children, but are also taking care of 3 orphans. Because of the wonderful guests we have stay at the guest house, we are able to provide jobs for them and allow them to keep their family together. The guest house has been such a blessing to the Sole Hope Staff.
The Sole Hope Guest House is approaching it’s 1 year anniversary! This project has been such an unexpected blessing in so many ways. We have had some amazing guests stay with us over the past year – and some have even returned for a second trip! The Sole Hope Guest House is open to not only Sole Hope volunteers, but also tourists & those in town for white water rafting, teams serving with different ministries, missions groups & adopting families, just to name a few. Joyce does not just do her daily tasks at the guest house, but she also loves interacting and getting to know each and every guest that walks through our doors. Each goodbye is full of hugs and a hopeful “see you again”. Not only does the guest house provide a comfortable place for people to stay while they are in Jinja, but it also allows us to employ local Ugandans!