Sussan is a mother of 4 who was abandoned by her life-long boyfriend when she refused to abort her 4th child, Godwill. The family immediately fell into extreme poverty. After one year of trying many jobs, Sussan was finally getting back on her feet. She was cooking and selling snails at a good profit. Then, Godwill went sick and she spent all her money trying to save his life in different hospitals, like any mother would do. Sadly it did not work, and now any unexpected expense could be fatal.
Sussan's former boyfriend does not care about his children, he is already living with another woman and having more children with her. This behavior is not uncommon in Cameroon, neither society nor government enforce child support. The situation became so extreme that Sussan had to send two of her children to live with local wealthier families who agreed to take in Mac Philip (11) and Sarantia (5). Quinette (8) remained with her and helps her in the business. We want to re-unite them.
Sussan is a wise business woman with keen knowledge of local markets. When she lost all her money, she begged to a neighbor for the tiniest loan ever seen, about 5 dollars, and started cooking and selling local pastries. With the profit her child and her eat, and she even manages to gradually pay back the loan and save tiny amounts. The product was so good that other sellers in the community copied her recipe and pricing strategy. Sussan is the solution, but she needs a bit of help.
This short intervention has a set of business grants to steadily lift Sussan out of poverty and bring her family back together again. With the initial capital she will prepare smoked fish, a typical high-demand product in the area. The income will be enough to reunite the family. A team on the field will meet regularly with her, orientate her and address her possible threats to prevent falling back again. A final, higher grant will come at the end to complete this journey to self-reliance.