Blog: Africa

Celebrating Their Income Success

Attir Village, Kenya

Attir Village had a remarkable reason to be joyous as they celebrated success in their income generating efforts that have borne fruit.

Albino explained to the group how desperate life was before he got enrolled into the group compared to now that he is a major shareholder in the ongoing group. He challenged many to get enrolled, for they knew his life story before he joined the group and where he is today in Attir Village, owning many of the businesses in the village.

Beggar to Provider

Shambani Village, Kenya

“Life has never been easy, nor fair, since the death of my husband,”

said Christine, one of the most hurting widows of Shambani Village. She told us how cruel the world treated her and her children after the loss of her husband, the breadwinner for the entire family.

Kenyans Experience Life-Saving Wellness Education

GHNI workers have many times witnessed the sad results of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. From AIDS and lesser but still troubling conditions including chronic respiratory and gastric infections, to the entrapment of women in prostitution or other forms of trafficking, the root of the problem is most frequently ignorance; the solution, education.

In Kenya, for example, a close examination of daily village life revealed the need for simple yet potentially life-saving changes that GHNI field workers convey through wellness education.

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Empowered to Grow

Alishow Village, Ethiopia

Helen is 37 years old and lives in Alishow Village. She has four children. Recently, she related her story to our Transformational Community Development (TCD) worker. She newly joined our TCD group after her neighbour, Jamila, told her about TCD. When Helen heard and saw her friend’s tremendous change, she decided to participate with her friends in the group.

Hard Work Pays Off in Harvest

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia

What makes all the long, hard, backbreaking days worth it? Pay day.

As a farmer, one must be patient and wait for the harvest. Although it may seem crass to some in the West, the joy of earning an income through your own hard work and the sweat of your brow makes all the long days pay off. Thanks for enabling people like these transform their own lives, by working with their own two hands.

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Maximizing Use, Minimizing Problems

Ezbit el Amir Village, Egypt

We visited every woman who had taken a sewing machine. In the framework of the project evaluation, after one year, we found that some women benefited greatly from the sewing machine. Their income increased as a result of their work using the sewing machine.

Aspects of Life

Breaking Barriers of Isolation

Upper Egypt Village Cluster, Egypt

Shosha is a poor village in Menya (upper-Egypt) where women are suffering from ignorance, lack of medical services, domestic violence, and the prevailing culture, which reduces the value of women. We started Community Development Education (CDE) classes for woman last year. There is a change in the women's health and habits, and they share about their families. They asked their husbands to attend this kind of class, so we started monthly meetings for couples - which is amazing.

Good Things are Happening in Children!

Helwan Village, Egypt

Be encouraged for the change that we see among the children. John, who is six years old, now does not say any bad words and does not use any insulting words. He didn’t reply to an insult with an insult. Instead, he replied, “May God forgive you, for your insult or hit.”

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