Right Sharing funded two rounds of projects in the last fiscal year. We were able to positively impact the lives of 621 women in India, 243 in Kenya, and 437 in Sierra Leone. However, lest we get too bogged down in figures, we would also like also to share a transformative story from each region, as these are the heart of our work.
Damaria Ayisi is the mother of five children. Her husband works in Nairobi as a casual laborer; whatever money he gets is sent back home for their children’s education, but it is never enough. She joined the Musasa Friends Women Group when it was formed. From the group’s small funds, she borrowed Ksh.500 ($5) and later increased it to Ksh.1000 ($10). This small amount of money enabled her to start a small business of her own. Since she was doing well, she dreamed of expanding her business but didn’t have the capital to do so. To her delight, her group received a grant from RSWR in 2015. With the grant money, she was able to borrow to expand her green grocery. She is now assisting with the payment of school fees for her children, and has her own bank account.
Aminata is an orphan and a school drop-out. At a young age she lost her father during the rebel war, and more recently her mother died of Ebola. She joined Makolo Women Development Organization, which received a grant from RSWR in June 2015. MWDO taught her to make and sell “country cloth” suits, a form of traditional dress. With a loan from the RSWR funds, she started a country cloth business, which is now running successfully. As a result, she has saved some of her money to go back to school as of September 2016. She plans to continue her business and attend school at the same time.
Faridha Begam is fifty years old. She and her husband have three grown children. Sadly, her eldest son, a taxi driver, died in an accident. His widow and two children came to live with her and her husband. The grief and extra people to feed created hardship within the family. Although Muslim women do not usually work outside the home, she joined a self help group supported by Kalanjiyam Trust, which helped her to start a vegetable vending business from within the home. She received a loan of INR.7350 ($109). Her daughter-in-law assists her with the business, and the family now has enough income to get by. They are repaying the loan, setting aside money for future investment, and also saving for the future.