Africa Bridge

REAL STORIES

 

Suzanna cares for two children and is an active member of her village’s cooperative.

CHALLENGES – Since joining a potato cooperative over five years ago, it’s been kidogo kidogo—little by little—for Suzanna, Jimmy and Six. Her first year in the co-op saw drought, but no potatoes.

POSSIBILITIES – In year two, the rain came back, and with it, money. Susanna became a member of Idweli’s Most Vulnerable Children Committee and began helping other families in need.

SUCCESSES – Within four years, Suzanna put in a water tap and a vegetable garden. By selling her potatoes, she is able to put money back into the co-op so more people can join.

Suzanna’s children sleep in beds now, and everyone gets enough protein. Jimmy is attending a private secondary school and wants to be an accountant. Six plans to be a teacher.

With resources, Suzanna pulled herself out of poverty and created a bright future for her children.

 

Eliud is one of five kids who lives with his grandmother.

CHALLENGES – Eliud and his family sell beans and potatoes from their farm to buy kerosene or school supplies.

Eliud eats one meal a day, of vegetables and ugali, and fresh water is at least 15 minutes away on foot. At night, Eliud sleeps on a mat on the floor.

Eliud’s village has problems with diseases, including malaria and stomach viruses. Access to medical care is six hours away.

POSSIBILITIES – Eliud’s family has a farm. He has developed skills as a caretaker and a farmer. Eliud also loves soccer and enjoys being a kid.

With more resources, Eliud can do anything.