My mind was opened – August 2013
Patricia is 49 years old and lives with her husband and his parents in a community that has been faced with the challenge of farming and rearing livestock in a parched environment. Every day she walks two hours to fetch water from the well beside the river, and two hours back again. The nearest school for children in the community is more than 2 hours away and there is no health clinic for 25km.
Patricia’s life is much improved though since the work of Christian Aid partner, Christian Care who started work in Patricia’s community in February 2012 and trained them in Internal Savings and Lending’s Schemes (ISALs).
“We were taught to contribute money in order to counteract poverty, as people can borrow the money to start a business and bring back the interest.”
Once a month the 7 women in Patricia’s group get together to contribute their money and invest in things for their businesses. The difference that this group has had in the community has been remarkable.
“My mind was opened. Christian Care came and taught us how to overcome poverty. We sell pots and bring back the interest we produce. I can now afford to buy things like toothpaste, cream and soap.”
In the future Patricia and her group hope to buy a cow and a grinding mill.
Author: David Wiggs
I am the webmaster for Purley United Reformed Church and have been involved with the church since my late teens. I work in Croydon and live in Caterham.