After many months of planning, the ChildVoice Loan Program officially kicked off in May with six young women receiving start-up capital for their small businesses.
The loan recipients included young mothers who completed the initial phase of ChildVoice programming in December. After being trained in the vocational skill of their choice, the young women returned to their home villages to start working. While many of them were successful in small ways, they faced many obstacles in starting a business with their little capital and many familial responsibilities.
“Before, I would save some money and then it would all disappear when someone got sick,” said Lanyero Rehma, one of the ChildVoice loan recipients, “but now, many people will come to my business, and I will be able to save enough money to send [my daughter] Shamim to school or to pay for her medical fees if she is sick. I don’t have to worry like I did before.”
Otim George was hired in April to carry out the Post Residential Loan Program, and he will continue to follow up with the recipients regularly to offer them support. With more young women entering the post residential phase in the coming months, ChildVoice hopes to be able to extend the loan opportunity to many more young women in need.
To help ChildVoice to continue this important program and encourage these young women to succeed in their businesses and achieve self-sufficiency, please consider making a donation.