Tag: Women’s Empowerment

Bread and the Battle For Empowerment: Murida’s Story

Murida’s husband left her to raise their four children on her own. Without a source of income, she lost her home, began living in the streets, and resorted to scavenging scraps of food from the trash to feed her family.

She felt hopeless. But then, she joined a Convoy of Hope Women’s Empowerment project in Ethiopia.

This program equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups, and start-up capital that is provided as a gift instead of a loan. Women engage in self-esteem-building activities and are provided with education in basic literacy and numeracy, family health and nutrition, family planning, and the prevention of communicable diseases.

Through Women’s Empowerment, every aspect of a woman’s life is addressed — from personal issues to small-business training. Convoy of Hope also provides ongoing support after a woman starts her business to ensure success.

“Every woman deserves to be empowered, to have strength and dignity, to know she is valuable,” Doree Donaldson, Vice President of Convoy:Women said. “Through this program, the lives of women and their families are being transformed and are receiving hope for a better future. I am excited to be a part of helping my sisters all over the world!” 

Murida was trained in how to cook and sell a local bread called njera. Convoy of Hope also provided her with supplies to start her own business. She worked hard, saved money, and built a house for her family. Her children are so proud of her.

“I feel like a human being now,” said Murida. “It’s like I’ve been reborn.”

Convoy of Hope is privileged to serve many single mothers like Murida. We celebrate with them as they provide a better life for their families.

Thank you for supporting Convoy of Hope as we provide hope to individuals around the world who now have a bright future ahead of them.

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New Business Helped Hally and Her Family Survive COVID-19

“The pandemic has affected us greatly,” Hally said solemnly. “My husband and sister lost their jobs … friends have provided us with food when we did not have any to eat.”

With little hope and few options, Hally wasn’t sure how she would feed her two children. But after learning about Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, she joined and quickly saw her life change for the better.

“I’ll never forget that day, when I entered and saw the whole issue,” she said. In the program, Hally learned financial skills, self-worth, and vocational development. Soon, she started seeing a difference.

“I am starting with the help they gave me,” Hally said. “I have created the habit of saving.” 

After starting a business of her own and putting her new-found skills to use, she helped her daughter join Convoy of Hope’s Girls’ Empowerment program.

“Little by little I start the business and little by little I can help at home,” Hally said. “In my family we have received 100% help … many times we did not have enough to eat and [Convoy of Hope] called to tell us that they brought us a bag of food. Thanks to Convoy I have been able to start my business.” 

With gratitude and a new trajectory in life, Hally has grown her business, supported her family, and taught her children life-altering skills.

“I have no words to express my gratitude to the people who support us through Convoy,” she said. “It has been very helpful for me, as well as for my family. I pray to God for the people of Convoy, so that they can always help people and God bless you always.”

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When the Odds Were Against Her, Margi Persevered

For many in Honduras, the struggle for hope is a part of daily living. Amidst regular droughts and hurricanes, Honduras is one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in Latin America, with approximately half of the population living below the poverty line.

Despite all of this, Margi still lives with hope. As a proactive and innovative entrepreneur, she participates in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program. This initiative helps people begin new lives with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups, and start-up capital.

After opening a local grocery store, Margi began to see the cycle of hopelessness break in her life. Even when the pandemic struck, she and her store stood strong in the face of adversity.

“[The program] has been very helpful to me. I have learned to value myself, love myself, have self-confidence and realize that I am capable of achieving great things, which is why I have become an entrepreneurial woman,” Margi said. “Today I can see myself as a woman with clear goals and a vision of a life plan for the future.”

Thanks to her newfound confidence, stable source of income, and partnership with those who believe in her, she has persevered. As a light in her community, Margi has continued to thrive and encourage those around her.

Everything that one proposes in life can be achieved as long as we have the strength, attitude, and will to get ahead,” she said. To the people who make aid possible through Convoy, I say that they are doing an enormous job and I hope God blesses them so that they can continue supporting other people, just as they have done with me.”

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Hope Starts Early: How Early Intervention Changed Zuri’s Story

“In my family, several people were left without work, so we had to find the means to bring food to our house,” Katherine said.

In many ways, the pandemic made life much more difficult for Katherine and her daughter, Zuri.

Less income meant more effort was required of Katherine to support her family. She and Zuri soon noticed an unintended consequence of their new normal. Since they were spending less time together, Zuri was missing out on a pivotal piece of her development as a young child.

Thanks to a visit from a friend, which then turned into a life-changing conversation, Katherine and Zuri began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Early Intervention program.

“I did not know that Convoy existed, but a sister came to my house and told me the work they do,” Katherine said. She went on to explain one of the most important things she has learned since enrolling in the program. “The way to help early intervention is that one should get involved with their children, dedicating more time to them, doing different exercises with them.”

Now, Katherine and Zuri spend time painting, drawing, and playing together. This ensures that Zuri has what she needs to learn and grow.

“I have never done something like this for her [before]. I read her stories at night and it is a special moment for both of us,” Katherine concluded. “We are very grateful.”

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Convoy of Hope Helps Mother Throw First Birthday Party for 13-Year-Old

“It was the first time we’ve been able to celebrate a birthday,” Betelhem said proudly.

Behind her, decorations from her daughter’s 13th birthday celebration hung on the wall. To Betelhem and her family, the significance of those decorations stretch far beyond a single day; they mark an important milestone.

After joining Convoy of Hope’s Economic Empowerment program, Betelhem saw her life change dramatically. The program equipped her with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups, and start-up capital.

At the start of the program, each woman engages in self-esteem building activities and is provided with education in basic literacy and numeracy, family health and nutrition, family planning, and the prevention of communicable diseases like HIV. After going through this training, women participate in income-generating activities as they launch their own small business. Convoy of Hope teams monitor their activity to provide support and ensure success.

Thanks in large part to the skills she learned through Convoy of Hope’s training, Betelhem started a laundry business in 2018. Now, she’s generating enough income to care for her six children and disabled sister, invest in her company, save, and celebrate more than ever before.

Thanks to your support, Convoy of Hope’s Economic Empowerment projects are helping mothers around the world provide for themselves and their families — affording them increased opportunities to celebrate life’s precious milestones with the dignity every person deserves.

For information about how you can be part of empowering women like Betelhem through Convoy:Women, click here.

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