Microfinance Inspiring New Dreams Daily

Everyday We are Planting New Dreams, by Gabriel Kadidi in Kenya

Beatrice Ngendo is a single grandmother. She lives with her 12 grandchildren in Mathare Valley. Her children and their spouses have all died of AIDS. Now the grandchildren only have their grandmother to take care of them.

Beatrice did not sit down feeling sorry for herself. She said “I now have to work twice as hard as other mothers in Mathare Valley, to feed and educate 12 children.”

Beatrice heard about the Jamii Bora microfinance organisation and joined as a member in 2000. She now has three successful businesses in Mathare Valley: a grocery store, a restaurant and a stone house which allows her to rent out rooms. Her grandchildren are in school. The eldest has just graduated as a qualified nurse and has joined the staff in Jamii Bora’s Mathare outpatient clinic.

Beatrice has been a model for many. Those who have met her come away inspired, asking what they can do to follow Beatrice’s example. That’s what I call empowerment and never giving up: all in a day’s work for microfinance and for Jamii Bora.

About John Glynn

John Glynn is the owner of Ferdinand Porsche Magazine and resident Race4Change media expert & blogger. John owns five classic Porsche cars and knows the Porsche scene inside out. Check out his articles on the Ferdinand Porsche Blog at www.ferdinandmagazine.com.
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