‘CNN Hero’ Kaguri to speak Sept. 13 at UC San Diego

“CNN Hero” Jackson Kaguri will speak at the WE Impact: 12th Annual Celebration of Women’s Empowerment International from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the UCSD International House’s Great Hall. The event is free to the public. RSVP at, or 619-333-0026.

The International House is at Eleanor Roosevelt College at the northwest of the UCSD campus, off North Torrey Pines Road on Pangea Drive. You can find it on the UC San Diego online map (by searching “International House”). There is a parking structure across from the Great Hall.

Kaguri will speak about the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda, which he founded and directs. WE supports the Grannies Project, which is part of this initiative.

The Grannies Project serves 7,000 impoverished grandmothers caring for 43,000 AIDS orphans. It provides small loans so the women can create income-generating businesses. Business start-up loans average $15, which the women use to purchase a goat, chickens, seeds for farming, and other things. When they repay their loans, the money is reissued so another grandmother can get a loan. WE has set a goal of funding $32,000 in “grannies” support for 2015.

San Diego-based WE is a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization that partners with nonprofit organizations or “banks for the poor” to provide microloans and other business services that will help the 2.5 billion people in the world who live on $2 a day or less. To date, 11-year-old WE has funded well over 20,000 microloans in Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Honduras and Mexico, as well as enabled San Diego refugees and other poor women to launch 229 sustainable local businesses.