HOW MICROFINANCE IS ENDING HUNGER AND TRANSFORMING LIVES IN MALAWI
Sara knows the heartache of poverty and hunger all too well. It used to be a daily struggle to provide her two children with even one meal a day.
Too often they had to go without. The small income she earned from her fritters business was simply not enough to buy food. The family lived in a small mud hut. When it rained the thatched roof leaked.
The microfinance loan and skills training she received from The Hunger Project changed her life. She took out a small loan and used it to grow her business. With the profits from her business, she has been able to build a brick house with a tin roof and a small shop inside, buy a mobile phone and start a small pig farm.
“I FIXED UP MY HOUSE TO STOP IT LEAKING, AND BOUGHT A BED FOR MY CHILDREN.” – Sara
Sara has also started a sarong business. She travels by bus to the nearest town to collect products for her shop and sarongs to sell in her village.
Sara can now feed her children three meals a day and send them to school. She is grateful for the support she has received and is dedicated to sharing what she has learned with others in her community.
“I WANT TO EXPAND MY BUSINESS BY OPENING A GROCERY RIGHT HERE IN MY VILLAGE WITH MORE ITEMS AND PRODUCTS, INCLUDING COLD SOFT DRINKS, SO THE NEXT TIME YOU COME TO VISIT ME, I HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU TO DRINK AND COOL DOWN WITH.” – Sara