To continue our celebratory series of Restless Women for International Woman’s Day, ICS volunteer and Youth Reporter Angella shares the story of an inspiring woman she met whilst on placement.
Prossy is one of the Restless Development host parents, housing volunteers on their placements with International Citizen Service.
like Kitimbwa, Uganda, women are mainly known as housewives, but not Prossy.
Prossy is famous in the Kitimbwa region for her Green corner restaurant and butcher shop. Her nickname is “Mama Muzeyi”.
brought up by her relatives, along with her 13 brothers and sisters because
their dad was mentally unwell and couldn’t take care of them. She then dropped
out of secondary school when she became pregnant as a teenager. This did not
stop her from building a successful career.
Prossy, her husband and grandchild in front of her green corner restaurant.
With a dream
and a vision, Prossy was determined to become successful in her home town. She
began by renting her restaurant using money she had saved up. She attracted a few customers at first, but
as the business grew so did the crowds. Now she is well known in the town of
Kitimbwa for her delicious food.
Prossy serving food at her restaurant.
success of her business, Mama Muzeyi has been able to build a home where she
hosts Restless Development volunteers. “I have developed a lot from this
restaurant” she says.
people earns you respect in Kitimwa town and I wanted that kind of respect.”
seen as a hardworking woman in town. In addition to her well renowned
restaurant, she also owns a butcher shop, decorating company, and a farm
distributing food to her restaurant and others in the community. She also invites people from nearby farming
companies to her farm to learn from her and improve on their farming skills.
'Being a reporter gives me an opportunity to get a different perspective of life through someone else's eyes or opinion. As a reporter, one gets to capture moments in other people's lives, moments that make them laugh, smile and cry.'