BEFORE – This is Flora and her two fostered children – Michael and Jeremy. After she had was married she was given these children when they were toddlers to take care of. Their parents were dying from HIV/AIDS and none of the relatives were willing to care for them. Flora’s heart broke for these two children. Flora is a small scale business lady farming maize to sell at the market. She has been struggling from day to day to make ends meet. She knew the future was stable only if she could expand her business but she had no extra capital to do this. Captivating/ACDF took up the case and she joined the program.
TODAY – Previously, Flora hired a plot of land and planted maize. She had been harvesting around 10 sacks of maize. Upon joining the program, she has improved the infrastructure and soil quality of this plot and expects to harvest around 16 sacks this season. She is also buying maize in bulk from other farmers at Ksh 3,000 per sack. She then on-sells this sack after cleaning and bagging it for Kshs. 3,800- 4,000. Averagely she makes a profit of Kshs 900 per sack. In a month she can sell 6 sacks making a profit of US$67 in the month. With the average cost of feeding, clothing and schooling a child around $50 a month, this helps her financial situation greatly. Flora is so grateful for the support she is getting from Captivating. She is pictured above shaking hands with Everlyne – Captivating’s Regional Program Manager in Kisii, Kenya.
If you would like to learn more about Captivating’s Micro-Finance program in partnership with ACDF, email firstname.lastname@example.org Currently 80 families are in the loans program – a program ultimately focused on bringing financial stability to families either currently caring for orphans in and around Kisii, or families wishing to do so if we the can help them become financially capable.
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).