Written by Meagan Roland, SowHope Intern.

Based on field visit reports from Mary Dailey Brown.

Mother and daughter in the DRC.
Veronique (right) standing with her daughter, Believer (left). Photo by Mary Dailey Brown, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2015.

Veronique, a widow from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is a survivor of emotional and physical abuse perpetrated against her by armed rebels during regional conflicts. Unfortunately, many women living in the DRC have experienced great violence and hardship due to the political and economic state of their country. Veronique, standing with her daughter, Believer, belongs to a group of women who are part of an economic project funded by SowHope to help women attain financial security. Veronique invested in a successful fish resale business. The women also receive counseling to help overcome the psychological effects of armed violence. With the help of this project, Veronique has emerged from incredibly difficult circumstances with resilience as a provider for her seven children.

Women such as this mother and daughter pair deserve any help that we can offer. If you would like to support SowHope and our projects that help women like Veronique and her daughter, what better time to do so than as a celebration of Mother’s Day? Attend SowHope’s “Honor a Woman in Your Life” brunch with an inspirational woman (or women) in your life! Join us on either Sunday, May 1st, or Saturday, May 7th, at the J.W. Marriott’s restaurant. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online or by mailing a check. Proceeds will benefit women, their families, and their communities around the world through SowHope projects. To register or for more information visit our events page on our website! Can’t attend? Honor a woman you admire by making a tribute donation in her name. We will add her name and your message to our website’s Wall of Honor.