2 orphans with a bright future – you’ll want to read this story

Regina’s parents passed away when she had just finished high-school, leaving her and her sister orphans. Although Regina lived in the slums she managed to find odd jobs to earn a little money. One day she was offered a job taking care of a 3 month old baby girl for a family. They needed someone to start work right away and so she welcomed the opportunity. Regina was earning regular money and her life started to turn around. She even had dreams of attending university. Things were going well for her.

One morning, the couple that she was working for went to distribute relief food to drought stricken areas.  “I was asked to stay at the house to take care of their daughter Sally while they away for a few days”, explains Regina. Several days passed and there was no sign of Sally’s parents. Regina went to the police station to report missing persons. Another week went by and Regina and Sally were running out of food at home. “The landlord was demanding to be paid or we would be kicked out”.

Regina continues telling us her story. “One morning the police asked me to come down to the police station. I needed to identify some bodies. Nervously I went to the police station. I was told that a group of people had been kidnapped and killed by the Militia. Their bodies were dumped, rotting and mutilated. Some were not even identifiable. The 20 minutes I spent in the morgue that day were the longest minutes of my life. We needed to use Sally’s DNA in order to identify her mother.”

“After the funeral, I tried to locate any of Sally’s family members, but to no avail. Sally had no one – I couldn’t leave her, so together we moved. I was introduced to the Foster Family Loans Program where I completed some budgeting and small business management training and have just started my small business where I sell groceries. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I am confident that I will be able to support myself and little Sally.”

Thank you to all who contributed to grow the Foster Family Loans Program. It is changing lives.

 

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An orphan boy and his FOREVER FAMILY

As a toddler, Michael was found abandoned near an orphanage entrance one morning. The workers took him in and gave him food and shelter. Michael stayed there til the age of three. This is when Venice enters his world. Venice and her husband tried for five years to have a child but were not able. They decided to adopt an orphan who needed a family, so they visited the orphanage and that's when they met Michael. They knew right then that Michael was meant to be theirs.




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Sold for $4 but now has home

Jared's mother enjoyed drinking and also gave the brew to her little boy. Often, the villagers would find the mother very drunk and little Jared sleeping in the cold. Jared would often get sick and almost died a few times. Finally, Jared's mother couldn't take care of him any more so she decided to sell Jared to one of her customers. Jared was sold for Kshs. 450 (US$4).




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A home for Kareni

Kareni's mother passed away when she was 3 years old, leaving her with her aging grandmother who passed away 1 year later. Little Kareni was all alone from 4 years old and was taken to a local orphanage where she remained for several years. During this time, Kareni was able to go to school most days but she dreamed of having her very own family.




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A fresh start for Nyaboke

Nyaboke is the newest member of Captivating's Foster Family Loans Program. Her husband chased her out of their home because she was not able to give him a child. She took refuge in another home nearby where she is also working as their house helper. Her dream is to adopt a child from the local orphanage however she has no resources to support a child. She started a charcoal business but because of her lack of business knowledge and skills, she had to close her business.




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Megan's plan to adopt an orphan

Behind Megan's big smile is many years of disappointment. For 9 years Megan has not been able to conceive and give her husband a child. You see, Kenyan's are all about family and when Megan was unable to give her husband a family, she was chased out of the house. Megan has been living alone and trying...




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Risper's small business success

Risper has been part of the Foster Family Loans program for 2 years. She suffered a few setbacks but has worked hard and created her successful fruit business. Risper was able to pay off her final loan and now her business is self sustainable.