Street vendor who beat two to become LC3 councillor

Florence Aciro with her basket of fruits that she vends on Kampala streets for a living. Photos/Tony Mushoborozi

What you need to know:

  • For a woman who had no money to compete in the highly comercialised election, Florence Aciro still does not believe that she is soon to be sworn in as the new Woman LC3 Councillor for Naguru 2 in Nakawa Division, Kampala. 
  • The 38-year-old mother tells her story with teary eyes, tears of joy and thanksgiving, because (by her own admission) she still can’t believe how good the Lord has been to her.

For 15 years, Florence Aciro was a street vendor on the streets of Kampala. Her commodities of choice were mangoes, roasted ground nuts, and steamed fresh maize depending on what was in season at the time.  
Her area of operation was the last stretch of Lugogo Bypass towards Bukoto, including the area around Kampala International School, near the new mosque, and Kira Road.
 
Her daily profit ranged between Shs3,000 and Shs5,000. It goes without saying that her means could have been better. But nonetheless, that is how she survived and fed her six children. That, and a lot of prayer.

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