Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Emma's Grandsons Blessed by Her Microloans

Samfya, Zambia – Grandmother Emma Kombe is a dedicated and joyful woman in her community, involved with her church and a volunteer in the SCCP Home-Based Care Program that assists the sick and elderly. Emma has dramatically changed her life and grandsons’ futures through the gift of a microloan through Bright Hope project partner Samfya Community of Care Providers.

Emma became a microloan beneficiary in 2012 and received her first two loans – one to sell small fish and one to grow maize. She paid off the small fish loan, but no longer sells them because the profits were not sustainable. Her second loan to grow maize succeeded, and she grew eight bags worth of maize. Though it was a difficult harvest due to rains late in the season, she was able to gather eight bags and trade four of them for seeds, clothing and other products. The other four bags produced enough maize to feed and nourish her and her grandsons.

Emma is joyfully planning for her family’s future and is dedicated to supporting them for a lifetime. She hopes to continue selling maize and to begin growing and selling chickens. Chicken production is a highly profitable business as long as the chickens stay healthy. Emma plans to have her two grandsons assist her with the farming and caring for the chickens to teach them business and agriculture skills while they attend school.

Emma used 50 kwacha ($10 USD) from her second loan towards her grandsons’ education. Moses is 21 years old and in grade 11, and Francis, 19, is going into eighth grade. Both are learning the proper methods to assist their grandmother with her business and make their family self-sustainable. Moses and Francis dream of becoming teachers after they complete their education. This family has motivation and even more importantly, Hope for a future.

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