Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Thich Nhat Hanh
A. Purity Makandi: A Changed Life!
Had it not been for Solidarity House CBO’s Table Banking program Ms. Purity Makandi, now 30, would not have recalled how it feels to smile.
Her mother died in 1991 and changed her life forever-and, most likely, her 10-year-old son would have been headed to the same road were it not for this program.
Now Makandi has a reason to smile. Although her past memories have brought her so much suffering, now she has a lot to look forward to--Solidarity House CBO has changed her life for the better.
She says that she is sure her son will not end up being semi-illiterate like herself. The Table Banking services program has brought back her lost hope, which had been lost through her past misfortunes.
“I’m now sure of getting money every month. The worry I used to have due, my son’s school fees, is now gone. I can now sleep well at night and plan for tomorrow with confidence unlike before.”
Makandi had to discontinue her primary education to take care of her brother’s two sons when her mother died. The boys were aged 2 and 3. She assumed the role of her mother who used to look after them when they were abandoned by their mother. Besides fending for herself, she had an extra burden of taking care of her two nephews.
For survival, Makandi got into a relationship with a man who promised to marry her. But he left her upon realizing that she was pregnant.
Makandi is now a single mother. “I’m not scared like before. With or without the man I will be able to support my boy.” And as she emphasizes her statement with a smile she adds: “This is all thanks to Solidarity House and the Table Banking program. I now can stare into my future without fear! My business, my power!"
Makandi and her son, Mutembei outside their house in Imenti North District of Meru County, Kenya.
© 2014 Solidarity International
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