Their goal now is to make money from their work! Each year they must rent and improve the fields they work together, only to have the owners refuse to rent to them the following year, as the women have made the fields productive and the owners want to reap the benefits. To avoid this, the long term goal of these ladies is to buy their own land. To do that they have decided to earn their own money! Some of the women know how to sew and plan to use these skills to make money to buy their land. There was one problem - they did not have any sewing machines.
This is where Trades of Hope came in! We donated the money for these sewing machines. We are proud to be a small part of making this dream come true for these women in Burundi! Four of these women wrote us letters thanking YOU for your purchases, which also go toward Gifts of Hope.
In my distress, I lived with my children. The support in sewing machine as business will generate my income, it's of great importance for my family and for humanity. This is a letter of testimony to show that this sewing machine opened my horizons and now I can read, write and count. With this business activity of sewing, I will generate income. I will overcome my difficult situation. I will be able to bear all the burden on me as the support of my family. I will not fail to tell you that I have neither the hoe to perform labor or arable land and a deplorable shelter. With the income from the machine, I will now buy a piece of land and decent shelter.
I am a widow, I have neither land nor shelter nor can I feed my two girls. I am in distress. Now I have a job, it's like I go to heaven to live with my lord. The job of sewing will empower me and generate income so I can bear the burdens of my family. I live in rental house and pay for everything I need, services and health care. Now with this business of the sewing machine, I will pay my rental fee, I will feed my children and I will get through.
I have a small piece of land, but not enough for me to answer the needs of my family. I am divorced by my husband after he was violent with me. I'm alone with my kids. But now I am happy. My children became street kids, but now God has smiled at me by sending me help. With the sewing machine, I can recover from my vulnerability and I will be able to pay tuition for my children. I will have my independence. I may not really be able to reward you as I wish but only the Lord who is my strength may reward you with all the blessings.
I have been repatriated from Tanzania, I am a widow and have no land to cultivate. The seam is a profession that I love. My husband practiced and started to teach me, unfortunate I lost him before I learned it well as he wished. So with this sewing machine, I can get a piece of land to cultivate food for my children and pay their school fees costs in the long term.
Thank you for your part in
changing these women's lives!!!
Gifts of Hope is an important link in the chain of helping women out of poverty. It is a way that Trades of Hope gives back through the profits of our product sales.
Through out the year, Trades of Hope gives donations to programs that promote long term business, education, and growth all over the world!