Mercy’s parents both died when she was still a toddler making her an orphan with no chance of survival without care from someone. Yunuke, Mercy’s grandmother, took her in and has raised Mercy into a young girl. It has not been easy for Tunuke over the years as she is a single, grandmother of 55 years of age but this has not stopped Tunuke from taking her granddaughter into her humble home, taking care of her and sending her to school. Tunuke has always been an active business lady, selling produce in her village however this has not always been able to provide all their financial needs.
Thanks to the loan amount Tunuke was able to acquire from Captivating/ACDF Microfinance Program to expand her small business in the village, Tunuke has now been able to successfully built a new latrine (toilet facility) after the old one was collapsing and she is also three quarters to finishing an additional room at her compound which she will be able to rent out to help bring in extra money to help pay school fees, supply medicine for Mercy and buy food and clothes for her and her granddaughter.
Yunuke spends her time running her small business while also supervising the ongoing construction work at her home. Mercy goes to Jogoo primary school, enjoys wearing her school uniform and new shoes, is able to come home for lunch every day and loves being part of her local church. Mercy has been given the opportunity to grow into a happy and healthy young lady and has improved in her grades in school and plans to be a doctor in the future so she can help other people.
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).