Aug 11, 2019

You alleviated a family's misery

Jemimah's new business
Jemimah's new business

One of Macheo’s many programs is Family Economic Empowerment (FEE). The goal of this intervention is to offer families the capacity to become self-sufficient by providing beneficiaries with basic business skills, budgeting and financial skills, and seed capital for starting a small business. FEE has proven that families, especially women who have gained financial independence, are able to live more fulfilling lives, lift their families out of poverty, and free themselves from other social challenges, like gender-based violence. With your funds Macheo helped Jemimah and her four children create a sustaining and independant life.

Success Story 

 “My children were often sent home from school because I could not afford to pay their fees,” Jemimah explains. She didn’t want to depend on her husband for the money she needed to send them to school any longer. “I decided to move out and depend on myself. I was so tired of being beaten, being humiliated, in front of my children.” Her husband took a second wife, abandoning Jemimah and their four children, yet, Jemimah was determined to see her four children educated, especially her two daughters. However, Jemimah found paying school fees impossible on her own. 

 Jemimah is a 28-year-old single mother of four children referred to FEE for multiple survival needs. At the time of referral, Jemimah had been separated from her husband for three months. She relied on casual jobs to feed her children. The children were not in school (she couldn’t pay the fees) and her youngest child was very malnourished. Jemimah was depressed but determined to do anything to get her children healthy and in school. Macheo provided services similar to what we call “wrap-a-round.” Included in these interventions was the FEE program where she learned bookkeeping, customer service, how to grow a consumer base, and how to market her products. She was given some capital to start a green grocery store. Currently she makes a small profit and her children are enrolled in school. 

 With your support Macheo endeavors to enable vulnerable families to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. On behalf of our beneficiaries we are grateful to you for partnering with us to improve families’ lives.  Report by Seth Mwangi

Jun 20, 2019

Five children secure with family intervention

Vulnerable families in the slums of Kiandutu face enormous financial marginalization. Mostly vulnerable families are not able to take care of the basic needs of their children. This leaves them with little or no technical training that would enable them to enter the job market and help them enjoy financial independance.

I would like to share a transformative journey of Wangari.

Wangari lives in the Kiandutu slums with her husband and five children (girl 2, boy 6, boy 8, girl 9, girl 12). She is 32 years old in a bad marriage. Her husband Dennis struggles with alcohol and is very dominant and abusive, while Wangari is hardworking and reliable. She lost her mother at a young age, and has had to shoulder family responsibilities since then. Wangari could only complete her education up to Class 7, and was married off at the young age of 15. Her husband was a wage laborer, and barely earned enough to sustain their family. She was identified by our social workers when her daughter was found to be malnourished. Her child was enrolled in Macheo Malnourished Intervention while Wangari was enrolled in the Macheo Household Economic Empowerment. Through the workshops and exposure visits, she learned about business entrepreneur/management and expansion, and gained business skills like marketing, building customer relations, accessing new markets etc. She also learned about financial management such as budgeting, applying for loans and maintaining savings, through the financial literacy workshops. Wangari wanted to contribute towards the family income. She decided to earn some money through keeping a green grocers business. With the money she raised from selling her vegetables, she managed to add to her stock. Having acquired the above skills, knowledge and capital resources, Wangari is now enjoying financial independence. She is able to provide basic needs for herself and her children.

We believe that there is a need to provide these vulnerable families with access to knowledge and capital that will give them personal and professional agency in their lives. The Macheo Family Empowerment Intervention aims at increasing parent’s knowledge and control of their resources, build reliable & fair access to food and empower parents by increasing their skills, knowledge, and capital resources they need to support their children. We give them knowledge of financial management, savings and entrepreneurship skills. This helps in building and accumulating assets. This may go along in reducing a family’s vulnerability while increasing their economic independence to improve their ability to provide for their children.

This can only have been done because of your generous donation. Working alongside these families, produces stability and independance.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Regards

Seth Mwangi and Anne Thompson

Macheo Health Coordinator/ President Macheo US

Jun 17, 2019

Progress attained in first 1000 days

From the field….A child’s success story, because of your support!

 

At seven months old, many babies start to sit up, hold on to things with their hands and usually are able to roll over. The story of baby Nyokabi was different. She couldn’t do anything, as she was too weak.

Nyokabi’s Mum, Nyambura, recalls how her baby got sick for the first time. “she was only three weeks old when she was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and given medicines to cure her. Since then she has had different health challenges. Due to the health challenges, Nyokabi could not feed well. 

By the time Nyokabi was referred to Macheo by the social worker, she only weighed 11 pounds at seven months. She had developed frequent diarrhoea and was vomiting. She had grown so weak and couldn’t turn her eyes. She was taken to hospital by the health service provider and was diagnosed with malnutrition and blocked intestines. She was given medicine and joined our malnourished children intervention, where she is receiving nutritious food to help her gain weight. 

Currently, Nyokabi is fourteen months-old and at a healthy weight.  She has a good appetite, and is very active. Her favourite pastime at the center is to play with the toy dolls. Nyokabi’s mother has participated in our nutrition seminars provided at the Kiandutu outreach center, learning about healthy food options. Their family still receives regular visits by our nutritionists. Nyokabi’s growth will continue to be monitored until she turns two, at which point she will graduate from the nutrition program.  

The first one thousand days is a very important stage for fighting chronic malnutrition.  During this window much of a child’s development occurs (the development of the brain and major organ systems). Subsequently this window of development is closed, and not much can be done to reverse the results to growth and development that has occurred. Children at this stage who are chronically malnourished hit developmental milestones far behind their non-stunted peers, score lower on verbal reasoning and are more prone to infectious disease.  This window during infancy, this infamous “thousand days”, is very small.  So small and so fragile, in fact, that many members of the global health community consider it the do or break period for a child.  

Because of your continued support, children like Nyokabi are spared these serious stunted developmental results. MacheoUS is very grateful for your kind consideration to our cause.

With regards, 

Team Macheo US

 
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