This is Regina and her grandson Micah. Micah’s mother passed on 4 years ago leaving him with his grandmother. She was just fifteen years when she died leaving her child. She was a secondary student in a local school. She fell ill for just one day and passed on due to meningitis. Micah goes to a local academy and his grandmother (Regina) operates a small fish business in the Daraja market. He is a sickly boy constantly in and out of hospital for check ups which sometimes interrupt his education.
This is Regina at the market. When the Captivating/ACDF team first visited Regina she had a bunch of fish for sale. As the focus was to help the young Micah, Captivating offered her a loan to expand the fish business at Daraja Mbili market.
She buys 10kg of fish at Kshs.1800 and sells them at Kshs. 3000 within two days. She sells for four days in a week. Fish is usually brought from the Lake Victoria which is far away. So sometimes the prices are so unfavourable to the extent that on a bad day she can make Kshs. 300. In a months time she makes an average of Kshs. 9600 i.e $120 as profit from this business.
This, in addition to her second hand clothes business, she is able to cater for the needs of Micah who is now on holiday and helping out in the sale of second hand clothes. This is one of a hundred stories of families seeing a road to a better future ahead thanks to your generousity.
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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).