Power of Love Foundation

Our Mission is: To turn back the tide of the global AIDS epidemic through innovative community responses that increase the effectiveness of prevention and care efforts. Our Vision is: A world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV/AIDS have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
Dec 30, 2013

Stories of Two Women in Our Loans Program Who Have Inspired Us

You will be happy to know that we now have 230 women enrolled in our micro loans program and a majority of them are running successful businesses. The businesses chosen by the women are quite diverse and range from groceries (mealie meal - a Zambian staple, cooking oil, rice, sugar, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and beans), to dressed chicken, dried fish, charcoal, baby blankets, books, restaurant, and a salon etc. Most women (about 50%) have started tiny grocery stores located close to their homes. About 20% of the women sell used clothes and shoes. These ladies travel by bus to the City Market in Lusaka, purchase the used clothing and shoes and resell these at a higher price in their community. Many of the businesses such as charcoal, rice, beans and sugar involve the women buying in bulk, repackaging the item in smaller quantities and reselling. All of these businesses add value for the community members as they are located within walking distance from their homes and the community is able to purchase smaller and more affordable quantities. 

Here are stories of two women who have inspired us with their inventiveness and “can do” attitude.

Nelly is a 45 year old widow. Her husband died two years ago and left her with six children and one grandson. Her income as a maid was not enough to support herself and her family. In September 2013, she received business training and a loan that enabled her to start a small restaurant at the Tuesday community market. At present, her restaurant draws a regular clientele and she has been able to move out of her sister’s place where she was living since the death of her husband. She is now renting a two-room apartment where she lives there with her children and grandchild. Nelly is appreciative of our business training and loans program and the continued business guidance she is receiving to ensure her business does well.

Emelesi is an old lady taking care of 12 grandchildren and 4 children of her own. She was going through a difficult time as she has had to care for her children and grandchildren. Two of her sons and three grandchildren are HIV positive. Prior to September 2013, she was washing clothes to earn money, but her income was not enough to provide food for everyone in her family. With the help of business training and a loan, Emelesi started a business selling used clothing. Since she started her business, she has stopped washing clothes for others and is focusing on her business. Emelesi says that she is happy that her family is now able to have at least two meals a day. She would like to thank supporters of our loans program as this program has made a huge difference in her life.

Power of Love’s (POL) micro loans program empowers women impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing them with business training, a small loan, and business advice and monitoring over the course of the loan period. Our loans program has enabled poor women to engage in self-employment projects so that they can meet basic needs and protect against unexpected financial expenses. For most women there is a dramatic improvement in their standard of living and they may graduate out of poverty. For all involved there is perceived improvement in gender equality, improved economic welfare, and a sense of well-being and self-empowerment. We are proud to report that all of the outcomes of this project continue to be significant, sustainable and permanent. 

Thanks again for your gift of empowerment which has gone a long way in helping the women (about two-thirds of whom are single) take the first steps towards self-reliance.

Happy Holidays from the Power of Love Team

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Dec 30, 2013

Early Results of the Follow-Up Study on Nets Provided in September 2013

Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. As you know we were able to provide 1000 long lasting nets to families vulnerable to malaria last September. In order to assess the impact of nets usage and to learn if the nets were being used as demonstrated during distribution activities, we interviewed a few families last week. Here is a summary of our findings:

(i) Between September and December 15, 2013, only two children out of 200 children in our program contracted malaria.

(ii) None of the adults in our program contracted malaria.

(iii) Almost all beneficiary adults (approx. 96%) were knowledgeable about malaria prevention and were using the nets as demonstrated during the distribution activities. The recipients who were not aware about malaria prevention and proper use of nets were educated on these issues.

(iv) The health of all children has improved/stabilized as seen by an improvement in their weight and/or CD4 counts.

(v) There was an improvement in school attendance and performance.

(vi)  At the end of the conversation, our health care workers reminded the families to re-treat the nets after six months of use at the local clinic.

Response of Beneficiary Families and Need for Nets: Net recipients are very happy with the mosquito bed nets and they hope that the distribution activities continue in 2014 and beyond. They informed us that more nets are needed as there are several hundred households in their community who cannot afford to purchase a net and are sleeping without one in an area where the incidence of malaria is high.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2014 and an additional 2000 nets in Fall 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.

Happy holidays and thanks for keeping the Zambian children malaria free.

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Dec 30, 2013

Meet Two Children in Pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia

Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision behind this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children, and training in caring for an HIV+ child to their caregivers. In addition, the children receive weekly visits from the healthcare worker, psycho social counseling, education on prevention of HIV, and adherence training and monitoring of the medication regimen. As a result of this high quality continuous care, 99% of the children are stable and/or improving in health since January 2013. In addition, the improved health of the children has increased their school attendance and performance.  

We would like you to meet two children in our program who are doing well at school and have big dreams for their future.

Taonga is 16 years old and is studying in grade 7. She wants to take courses in Nursing after she graduates out of high school. Taonga is happy that her aunt who cares for her is receiving mealie meal (a Zambian staple) and beans from our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program. In addition, Taonga receives weekly visits from a health care worker, psycho social counseling, monitoring and training in adherence to medication, and education in prevention of HIV. We are proud of Taonga as she takes her ARV medications on her own and is working hard at school to become a Nurse.

Mabvuto is 15 years old and lives with his mom and Uncle. He is studying in grade 6, and loves playing soccer. He and his friends have formed a soccer team and they play games with other soccer teams in the neighborhood on Saturdays and on Sundays after Church. Mabvuto is aware of his HIV positive status and has discussed this with his friends and family. He takes his medications every evening at 8 p.m. and goes to the clinic for his appointments on his own. He told us that he learnt about HIV/AIDS  in school. Mabvuto loves school and wants to become a doctor.

Our program impacts 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1200 children indirectly as the family members share their knowledge of caring for an HIV+ child with others in the community. The children would like to thank you for your continued support for this program. Your support and donations will provide much needed food, medicines, and health care services to several hundred children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia, and help them stay healthy and in school. We could not have done this without you.

Thanks again for your love and support for these children. Have a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful and joyous new year. 

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