Crocheting a Profit!

We are constantly amazed at  what God is doing in the Ministry of WFA. Through sacrificial giving of our donors, we were able to train 17 women this March of 2019. We gave loans to 10 women and the remaining 7 will receive their loans in May. 4 out of 10 were new and were ushered to WFA by Mary N. and Mary K. I collect many success stories each time I go for my mission trips. This January, I was privileged to see tremendous change in our women. Let me tell you about Regina first.

Regina is a young mother of 2. She is married and a devout Roman Catholic Christian. Regina is a high school graduate who has also taken a Secretarial course. After graduation, she got a job in the city, but the salary she was given was so little that she hardly had enough to eat.

Regina had to come up with a way of sustaining herself. She was always talented in making crocheted articles, selling some of her pieces to her fellow coworkers.  She soon realized that she could make decent money crocheting that would enable her to meet her essential needs. She quit her job in the city to pursue her crocheting passion. When she came to WFA, she already had a tiny stand at the marketplace. She was given our business training and given a loan of Ksh.10,000 (that’s $!00. Sounds like so much more in shillings, doesn’t it?)  She bought yarn and other raw materials and soon her small stand became so colorful. Regina by nature is a very hard working woman, crocheting every chance she gets. After her chores at home, she crotches until late at night. Her hard work has paid off. Her business expanded so much that she needed a more spacious place. She found a place in the city and when I (Rose) visited her I was amazed at how many colorful items she had displayed and the many customers it was attracting. The demands of her customers required Regina to recruit other women with similar passions for crocheting. She provides the new women with the materials they need, giving them instructions and compensating them for their work!

Regina hopes to expand her business in the very near future where she can have a larger space with even more women working for her. She has made profound progress in her leadership skills. She is leading women from her group in different ways: she is the group’s treasurer and she shares the Word of God to the other members as well. The leaders of WFA have recognized Regina’s leadership skills and soon she could be one of our liaisons.

Self sufficient women!!

 

It has become very important for the success of the Women of Faith Alliance endeavor for the women in Kenya to become more self sufficient.  Rose decided to share with the women in a meeting what she had in mind. In past trips she had always brought along a supply of LuoPads for distribution that friends and volunteers of Gain and WFA in America had assembled for the women.  This trip Rose brought along ready-cut LuoPad kits from Gain. Jemima had gathered some women who were willing to make them and their finished product was impressive! They were given the wooden patterns and discussed with each other where they could get the raw materials to make their own.  Even though plastic snaps were something that weren’t found, the women decided to use the metal sew-on snaps that they had.  Elizabeth, one of these partners, enjoyed making them and said that customers were asking if she made enough for them to buy. To show the hearts of these women, one even suggested that they make LuoPads to give  to the female inmates.  This development is very exciting.   Do you have some ideas for small businesses these women might feel called to?  Send a message to Rose and share your thoughts.

Another exciting development with these business-minded women was the way they took to setting up savings accounts. Thank you Lord! Watch for that development in the next Journal entry.