Meet Linet and three of her children. Three years ago, Betty (the small girl pictured right in the photo) was born to Linet’s step sister who unfortunately died while giving birth to Betty. Linet couldn’t leave this tiny, new-born baby alone to die and so she took Betty in to live with her.
Linet and her husband have seven children to care for. Her husband is a farmer and they work together, hand-in-hand to sustain their family. When Linet heard of the ACDF/Captivating program specifically established to support families who have fostered children, like Betty, she came and visited our office. Our Program Manager, Everlyne, went to visit her home and met her family and confirmed they needed financial help to make ends meet and to be able to send their children to school. A micro loan was approved and Linet was able to extend her business and start to progressively increase the family income. Linet is now a successful tea farmer and also rears chickens and goats for commercial farming.
The ACDF/Captivating small business loans program continues to go from strength to strength. Many women are waiting to join this program who have adopted or fostered orphaned children in their care. They are grateful for this opportunity to learn how to become successful business women who can financially support their family and be able to provide their children with an education and a future. We would like to continue to expand this program. To do this we need more loan capital. US$1,500 adds another 10 families into this program and sets them on the road to a more financially secure future. If you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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).