Stories from Project Partners

Posted on Jun 13, 2018


Eppiness Uside, Makomo Friends Youth Group, at her food kiosk.

Eppiness Uside is the Chairwoman of the Makomo Friends Youth Group, a group of young adult Friends that applied for a grant. She used her initial $50 loan to buy chickens so she could sell their eggs. The business did so well, she was able to pay back her first loan quickly, and then she received a second loan of $100 to expand her chicken business. After that was repaid, she received a $200 loan to open a food kiosk! She now runs both of the businesses as they continue to grow, and is proud of her hard work and success.

Sierra Leone

Adama Rogers (Action for Women’s Empowerment)

Adama Rogers is the mother of three children; her husband works as a fisherman. She previously helped other women in the village with their businesses, but was paid very little and was struggling. In 2016, she joined a group of women with Action for Women’s Empowerment, received a loan, and started a business. She enjoys how engaging the work is, and her business has been successful. In addition, her children now attend school and are eating well. She says, “The lives of my children and me have totally changed.”


Tamilarasi (Society for Women Education and Economic Trust) and her
children at the petty shop she opened with her loan from the RSWR grant.

Tamilarasi was widowed four years ago. Unable to find consistent work, she was making only $1.50 a day, which wasn’t enough to send her three children to school. She joined a self-help group sponsored by Society for Women Education and Economic Trust (SWEET). With her loan from the group, she opened a petty shop. She has worked hard and is now making $3-4.50 a day. This increase in income has made a big difference for her family, as now her children are able to attend school.

Kavitha (Rural Women Development Trust).

Kavitha is 29 years old, with two children ages 2 and 5. In 2009 she and her husband went to work as bonded laborers to settle a debt. They worked 12 hours a day without rest or leave, and she faced many health problems. In 2014 government officials and the Rural Women Development Trust (RWDT) team raided the workshop, and she was freed. The RWDT team encouraged her to join a self-help group and take skill training in coir making. She now has regular work and a good income; moreover, her oldest child just began school.