Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Single Mother Finds Hope through Microloans

Samfya, Zambia — Justine Nkandu is a 44-year-old divorcee caring for six children. In 2009, she came into the Samfya Community of Care Providers program where she received food supplements.

She is thriving after being given the opportunity of a microloan. From three years on the program, Justine increased production of beans by 300%. Last year, she harvested 84 gallons of peanuts and used the profits from her farming business to build a house and iron sheets for her roof. “My vision is to save money for my children’s education before they reach high school, and to maintain food security for my family,” she said.

 

Justine now feels that she has made enough capital to stand on her own and has requested that the leadership from her church allow her to step aside from the microloan program so that others may benefit. “My family no longer worries about where our next meal will come from. We are not poor anymore. Now we can bless others. I thank the Lord for giving me knowledge and wisdom to make me reach this far in sustaining my livelihood and my family,” she said. Justine is expecting to double her harvest of peanuts, cassava, and maize this year.