Single Mom Changing the World for Herself and Her Daughter

Kamala did not have the opportunity to attend school due to poor economic conditions. Her family struggled even just ensuring they ate at least one meal a day. She got married at the age of fifteen with a man more than half of her age, and who was alcoholic and abusive. Her husband left her after she gave birth to her baby girl. 

Being a young single mother, she had to work hard just so she can support her daughter. She worked as a housemaid, washed clothes, cleaned dishes, and did whatever work she was offered. Still, her income wasn’t enough to fulfill their basic needs. But she was determined to give her daughter a proper education so she won’t have to experience the same vicious cycle of poverty.

She eventually learned how to make clothes and continued to work as a domestic helper. After a few years, she was finally able to buy a tailoring machine but still needed to purchase fabric  so she could make clothes to sell.

In 2019, she came to know about the My Business, My Freedom program. Using her first micro loan, she was able to start her sewing business, buy an additional sewing machine as well as more clothing items for her shop. As her shop expanded, she was also able to provide employment to a fellow single mom. Now that she’s earning significantly more than what she used to earn working in other people’s homes, she’s more encouraged to expand her business.

The people in her community who used to doubt her and would not entrust her with a loan of even just a thousand rupees (USD 9), now respect and look up to her for exhibiting such courage and hard work. Her daughter now also studies in high school and aspires to become an engineer. This mother and daughter will continue to change not only their world, but also the world around them.

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