I Wanted to Change My Life, But Didn’t Know How

“I migrated to a different area in Nepal four years ago. My husband was unemployed and we were struggling to make ends meet. Due to our harsh financial conditions, I had to lie to my husband that I was doing labor work, but was actually engaged in sex work. I was able to keep it a secret for some time, but I was not content and wanted to change my life but I didn’t know how.”

“When I attended an orientation program for the My Business My Freedom project, I not only realized that I was in a trafficking-like situation but also found a way to get out of my situation through the microfinance offered.”

“After the orientation session was over, I personally talked to the manager and told her my story and how I wanted to change my life. After an assessment and some training, I received my first microloan. I started a small poultry business. After I paid back the first loan, I could get a second microloan. I am raising 200 chickens in a rented space. Now, my husband and I are self-employed, managing our chicken rearing business. My two children – one son and one daughter – are going to school without having to worry for their tuition.”

“With My Business My Freedom, my life has been much happier.”

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END POVERTY | MY BUSINESS - MY FREEDOM | NEPAL | STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Women Entrepreneurs Affected during Nepal Lockdown

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

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CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | HUSKY ENERGY TAILORING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

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CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

A Mother's Sustainable Efforts to Send Her Children to School

"I always firmly believe that education can change the future, so it's important to me to send my children to school no matter how hard or tired I am. I didn't have the opportunity to get an education. Because of this, I haven't had a stable source of income, but I have to stick whatever I can for the sake of my children. Fortunately, with your encouragement and help, I have hope in my life."




END POVERTY | HONOR 1000 - MICRO FINANCE PHILIPPINES | PHILIPPINES | STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

From Strength to Strength

Alma is one of Honor 1000's Microfinance clients in the Philippines. Her main place of sale has been at schools catering primarily to students and teachers. But because the pandemic has forced schools to cease operations, Alma was faced with a new challenge.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | END POVERTY | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

Diligent Mum Now with Stable Employment

When she first joined the My First Job Assistant Chef Program, she was nervous and worried that she would slow down the class' progress because other women may already be more skilled than her. Dongzhikyid doubled her efforts, working diligently everyday on the assignments the teacher gave them, and was able to keep up with everyone else.