Overcoming Stigma: Martha’s Journey to Empowerment and Community Impact

Miss Martha Pinga has been living with HIV for over 10 years. She resides in Makotopola ward in Dodoma region, Tanzania. When she was first diagnosed with HIV, her family stigmatized and discriminated against her. She was left to face the challenges of living with the virus alone, except for her two kids who were both HIV negative.

However, Martha’s life took a turn for the better when she was introduced to the NACOPHA empowerment group. The group offered her various training and support that empowered her to take control of her life. She worked hard in her economic activities, and with the help of the Hebu Tuyajenge project implemented by NACOPHA and funded by USAID/PEPFAR, Martha was able to earn a steady income and save some money.

“I am grateful for the NACOPHA empowerment group and the Hebu Tuyajenge project funded by USAID/PEPFAR. Through their support, I have been able to turn my life around and create a better future for myself and my children. I have been able to build houses and increase my source of income, and I am proud to say that I am a successful businesswoman. More importantly, I have been able to educate my community members about HIV and fight against discrimination and stigma. I encourage other HIV positive individuals to join the NACOPHA group and take control of their lives. Together, we can make a difference and create a better future for ourselves and our families.”


Martha has not only improved her own life but has also become a beacon of hope for her community. She shares her story openly and encourages others not to discriminate against people living with HIV. She emphasizes the importance of drug adherence and follow-up for HIV-positive individuals.

Martha’s journey shows that with support and determination, people living with HIV can overcome the challenges they face and live a fulfilling life. Martha’s success story is a testament to the positive impact of the NACOPHA empowerment group and the Hebu Tuyajenge project. It shows how these initiatives can help people living with HIV build better lives for themselves and inspire others in their community to do the same.

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