Several years ago, Menci’s family couldn’t afford to eat nutritious meals each day. As a mother, she dreamed of sending her three children to school. Living in poverty in a rural Indonesia makes for a very challenging environment for families to save enough to educate their children, thus creating a seemingly endless cycle of generational poverty. “I grew up in a farming family – we grew vegetables on a small plot of land which has been handed down through generations. My husband and I wanted to workthe land we inherited to support our family, but we did not have enough money to start. We were very poor.”
When Menci and her husband, Kefas, learned about Opportunity International, they knew it was the help they needed. They received a loan and were able to buy seedlings and fertilizer to help jumpstart their farm. “I bought spinach,kangkung(a leafy vegetable) and cabbage. Now I can harvest twice a week!”
Menci and her husband are using their income from the farm to provide for their family and send their children to school. Now, they eat regular meals of rice and vegetables from the farm. Menci knows the value of education and is hopeful her children with have a better life. She is even able to start saving for her family’s future!
Mothers like Menci, all over Indonesia, are working hard every day to start their own businesses in order to support their families and send their children to school.
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