Mary's growing business
She had been looking for capital but had not been able to source any without high interest rates. Eventually she wants to move the business into a larger shop again and to do that will build up its turnover.
Mary has five children (some educated by our school) and says the grant has been of great help and has kept her and her family busy and active.
Child of Hope's IGA programme has been running for around two years. As these mothers come from the very poorest families, they are usually totally illiterate and innumerate – most have never gone even to primary school.
Not every business start-up is a success (just like in the UK), but the change to the families - as Mary said - is enormous and provides them with independence, security, a regular income... and hope.
UPDATE AUGUST 2012: Mary’s business continues to prosper. Using the money that she has earned from the shop, she has been able to start up a small number of other complementary businesses. She now buys sacks of flour from the village and brings it to sell at her shop. She is also now selling clean water to her neighbours. Plans are also afoot to do some building work and expand her home.
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