This is Jacky and her youngest twins Sonia and Barbara. Jacky is 23 years old and a mother of nine children. She was married at the age of fourteen. Jacky’s husband has been in jail for the last five years and she is now the sole provider for her children.
Jacky comes from a poor background where her mother brewed local beer (busa) to sell. Jacky too followed in her mother’s footsteps and makes busa to sell together with a small banana plantation. Jacky’s children often go hungry and are usually with neighbors or friends because she is away for long hours.
Jacky was given a micro credit loan of around US$150 to lease a small piece of land near her home for potato and banana planting to sell commercially. This gives Jackie the ability to slowly start to sustainably increase her family income. She will repay her initial loan and then take out a series of larger loans until she is able to continue without further assistance. It will be a long road for her, but she now moves forward with hope. She will one day be able to stay at home and take care of her children at the same time. Jacky is currently receiving training on how to successfully work and grow a small business, and how to save money. We welcome Jacky and her children to the Captivating / ACDF micro loans family. We look forward to seeing Jacky start her new small business and to see her nine children have the future that each child deserves with education and a mother who is there to care and love them.
Our congratulations to the ACDF team who continue to expand this program. Also, to Everlyne (Captivating’s Program Manager in Kenya) our congratulations on all you are achieving for these families (close to 200 families are now in this program).
Little Joel became an orphan when his mother passed away but was recently adopted by his step grandmother, Nyanchoka. He is four years old and is expected to start school next year. Nyanchoka has been living alone since her husband died. Before Joel came into her home, she spent most of her time at her small tea farm, just waiting for the end of the day, then go home to her lonely house.
In celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), we recognize Gladys and the many other women just like her who have amazing stories of endurance, empowerment, and hope. With the help of the Foster Family Loan's Program in Kenya, she has grown her small fire-wood business to sell second-hand clothes around the community. This is an important step for her to provide for herself and her new-found 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.
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).