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SowHope has provided almost 10,000 women with literacy classes that teach women to read, write, and do math – opening the door to business, public influence, personal growth, and freedom.
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How you are impacting women.
Meet Catherine and her daughter, Grace. Catherine has been practicing Midwifery for 50 years in Uganda. Not one mother or child has died under her care! Upon completion of the birthing center SowHope funded, Catherine was disallowed by the government to run it despite her experience. Grace, knowing the work put in by her mom and her community, decided to go through nursing school so that she could run the clinic. Now both of them are all smiles as the birthing center was recently opened to the public. Over 50 babies were born within the first month! The strength of these women and the passion to serve their community is inspiring to us and many members of their community.
Meet Hazara. Hazara took part in a SowHope-funded tailoring training project in rural Bangladesh where the average daily income is a little over $1/day. She excelled and was able to buy a sewing machine and open her own shop in her village. Every day her shop is full of orders from her village and the communities around her. She married very young and quickly had a baby girl. Her husband was upset that she kept the baby so he divorced her and married another woman. Hazara told us, “Now that I have success, my ex-husband wanted to come back to me and divorce his other wife. I turned him down and decided I can support myself.” Because of her brave decision to stay unmarried and start her own business, she received an award from the District Government. The village sees her as a model to any woman in the community that is oppressed and impoverished. Hazara believes if she can do it, any woman can. Presently, she makes twice as much income as any man living in the village!
Meet Renuka. Renuka took part in a SowHope-funded sewing training in rural India. Only 22 years old, Renuka’s husband and father-in-law were both killed in a car accident, leaving her with the burden to provide for herself and two children. She must also take care of her mother-in-law and cannot remarry. Through the project, Renuka met many women from different religions and cultures who have become a support group for her. Though these women would usually be prohibited from even mixing together, they have banded together to support Renuka and even attended her husband’s funeral. Renuka is still working through her tragedy but is now able to work from home and send her children to school. She is grateful to SowHope and has hope for the future.
Meet Dr. Itengre (center). Dr. Itengre is a medical doctor who worked at an obstetric fistula repair hospital in Niger for 6 years. He moved to his home country of Burkina Faso to start a fistula repair clinic and skills-training center for women suffering from obstetric fistulas – one of the worst conditions women in the developing world can experience because of the lack of medical care. Dr. Itengre operated on a woman named Sarata who was married at 16 and became pregnant. She delivered at home with no medical assistance, resulting in a fistula and the stillbirth of her baby. Because of the constant smell of urine, her husband divorced her. She lived as a social outcast for 9 years and was forced to beg for money. Two weeks after Dr. Itengre performed the fistula surgery, all issues related to her fistula had been remedied. She then began a one-month stay at a facility that provides emotional support and income-generating skills. At her 6-week follow-up appointment, she reported, “I am really thankful for your help. Now I can go back to my village and live a normal life. I have learned some skills that will help me make money. I am still young, so I hope I can find a new husband and begin a family.”
Meet Abia. Abia is a survivor of physical and sexual abuse from her brother that began at a very young age. When she became pregnant, her family disowned her while defending her brother for fear of bringing shame on the entire family. She had nowhere to go. She felt worthless and destitute. Through word of mouth, she found out about a SowHope-funded Women’s Rehabilitation Center in the slums of a large city in Egypt. This center provides holistic care for women, including emotional and physical healing, skills training, education, and a built-in support group. Abia says that she now has a sense of community and a sense of self-worth. She is working hard every day to overcome her lifelong trauma.
Meet Rita. In 2007, Rita took part in a SowHope-funded sewing training in Nigeria. Our partner there also taught basic literacy, knitting, and bread making to empower the women to start and run businesses they enjoyed. Rita excelled and was able to open her own shop in the village where she sells beautiful dresses. Twelve years later, Rita has started her own sewing school and spends her days teaching young adults how to sew and run a business. She also teaches them life skills and is now a leader in the village. She truly inspires her students and gives them hope.
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