Sharon is 50 years old and cares for her six grandchildren and three other dependents. Five years ago her husband became unemployed and they were suddenly unable to provide for their family. Sharon learnt about Power of Love's micro loans program from a friend who is a beneficiary of the program. Her friend encouraged her to join, especially because one of her grandchildren was not well.
Once Sharon joined the micro-finance program, she was given training and a small loan to start a business selling fried chicken from a roadside stall. With earnings from her business, Sharon has been able to provide three meals a day for her family. Two of her grandchildren are also back in school now that she can pay for their tuition and uniforms. In addition, she has added two rooms to her house so that she can supplement her income with rent.
With her little business thriving, she has remained on track with her loan repayments and is happy and confident about her future.
Weddy is 38 years old and has six children. Life has been hard for her. When her husband abandoned her, two of her children were ill, and she was living with her older sister who is also dependent on relatives. Before Weddy heard about Power of Love's micro loans program from other women beneficiaries, she was not able to earn any money to support her family.
Upon joining POL’s micro finance program she was provided with business training and a small loan to start a business. With earnings from her vegetable stand, Weddy has now been able to provide for her family. The overall diet and nutrition has improved in her household and her children are in school consistently since she can now afford to pay for school expenses.
In addition, she is now living in a one-room rented house. Weddy is happy that she is not dependent on her relatives anymore, and that her children are in school. Weddy is on the road to self-reliance and has become a role model for both men and women in the community, encouraging other women to start their own businesses as well and make a difference for their families.