MBMF Women Looking Forward to Reopening their Businesses
Sangita is one of the many women in My Business My Freedom program who have been affected by the pandemic and the series of lockdowns implemented in Nepal. Her business was going well until the lockdown was announced due to the second wave of COVID-19.
On May 1, 2021, the three-month Cenovus Tailoring Skills Program for Women in two regions officially began. The trainees have been taking their classes seriously and are helping each other a lot. We are proud to share the progress they have made in the past one and a half months.
While Janani (not her real name) delivered her baby at the public hospital, she was found to be infected with COVID-19. She was then kept in isolation while her husband was unable to see her and their newborn for two weeks. Due to the medical expenses, all their family's savings were depleted.
My First Job Trainees Succeeds through Midterm Evaluation
The first My First Job Assistant Chef Program of 2021 for women in agricultural and pastoral areas in Qinghai Province officially opened in May 1. With the support and cooperation of teachers and local coordinators, the training has been going smoothly. Each of the women has her own learning style and pace, but everyone strives to improve each day. After one and a half months of training and practice, the women have learned 16 dishes in total.
On June 14, the midterm evaluation for the trainees was conducted.
Microfinance Women and Staff Supporting Each Other
Because of the pandemic, most of the Philippines has been placed on lockdown since last year. This has challenged our program to adapt and comply with the health protocols that each municipality has set. We are grateful to have a dedicated team who diligently visits each area and client.
Tanuja (name changed for protection and privacy), 19, lost her father when she was younger. Before her father died, he took a loan from the bank to build them a house. However, they were left with a huge financial burden after her father died, and without any other source of income. Things got worse when her uncle cheated them and transferred the ownership of the house under his name, and Tanuja and her mom where forced out of the house.
After several months of another strict lockdown in Manila, public schools are getting ready once again for module distribution. This allows us to reach out to more students despite schools being closed.