We would like to introduce Grace, Jim and Charles. Grace is a business lady who sells fruit and vegetables at the local markets to earn money to support her family. Charles came to live with Grace & her son Jim, 2 years ago when both his parents died, leaving Charles an orphan.
They live on the outskirts of town, and when we visited their home, the two boys were very excited to see us and welcomed us with big smiles. You see, Jim and Charles are both excited to begin school this year. Grace was referred to us for help. She needed assistance to be able to provide for her boys so they can receive an education and the opportunity for a future.
Grace qualified for a small business loan from Captivating / ACDF Microfinance program. She was given training on how to run and grow a business. She also has learned the best fruits and vegetables to grow in her sandy soil.
From a sack of vegetables, Grace can make a profit of Kshs 1,000 in two days. She sells the fruit from her farm at around Kshs 1,000 per 10kg. Grace is now waiting for the rains so she can plant ground nuts and millet to sell.
With this increased profit, Grace is repaying her loan as well as having money left over to pay for school fees and provide food and clothing for her two boys.
Thank you to those who are sponsors of this program. It is because of you that Charles has a home, a family and a future. There are many more orphaned children like Charles. If you would like to know more about this program or would like to partner with Captivating to bring lasting change to orphans in Kenya, please contact email@example.com.
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).