Widows know the pain of tremendous loss. Death completely shatters the life they once knew, and they’re left alone to pick up the pieces. But sometimes they use that pain and suffering as a catalyst for ambition.
One woman in the Emmanuel Kinship community in Kenya did just that. She found herself widowed with four children depending on her in a society where men are usually the main source of family income. Just like you, she dreamt of a good life for her children. So instead of giving up with this heavy burden on her shoulders, she turned things around. She began her own stand, selling produce from her farm and items from other shops.
Through her hard work and determination to provide for her kids, she built up a small business successful enough to keep them fed and to send them to school. Some are even signing up for high school! Something she most likely never thought would be possible after her husband died.
This inspirational woman did what you would do for your own children: she worked and scraped to get enough money to give them the life she envisioned. Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate strong women like her. We celebrate their determination and courage in a male-dominated world. Kinships everywhere work to empower the women in their communities. Will you do the same?
Did you know that Kinship United hosts numerous programs to empower women worldwide? For example, Kinships in Kenya teach women tailoring and dressmaking to earn an income. And Ugandan Kinships teach women baking skills through a growing baking program. Are you interested in learning more about these programs? Email Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!