ChildVoice: Loans for War-Affected Child Mothers

by ChildVoice International
Jan 24, 2012

Overcoming Business Challenges with Outreach

Rhema Braiding a Customer
Rhema Braiding a Customer's Hair

ChildVoice loan recipients continue to work hard in order to grow their businesses and repay their loans. As Ms. Lanyero Rhema continues to successfully run a mobile hair saloon in her home village in Bungatira, she also appeals to her colleagues with whom she got the loan to be hard-working so that they able to repay the loan.

Within a period of one week, Rhema gets an average of five customers each paying her 5,000/- to 25,000/-. On average, she gets 100,000 shillings per month from her business. She hopes to complete her loan repayment within a couple of weeks.

Rhema said that learning customer service has been one of the most helpful tools in running her business. She said, “Many of these women like me because of the good services I offer. I know how to do many things and I always smile and remember them.”

Since the beginning of the loan program, several of the young women, including Rhema, have faced challenges such as illness, stolen equipment, dramatic inflation and the need to continue subsistence farming. However, ChildVoice recognizes education, mentorship, and savings as key components in successful loan repayment. As outreach is a vital part of the loan program, ChildVoice staff visit the loan recipients on a regular basis to monitor savings and offer support and advice in business dealings.

Rhema thanks ChildVoice International for enabling her start up a saloon business. “Without ChildVoice I would not have been able to start a business or help my family the way I can now”.

Just as resources without knowledge prove to be useless, so too does knowledge without resources. By providing young women the opportunity to start a small business with the vocational skills they have been taught at CVI, they will have a significantly greater chance for post-residential success. When they can create and grow small businesses, they can educate their children, they can eat healthy meals each day and they can gain confidence, independence and respect, raising the role of women in their communities. For these young women, this is not just a loan, it’s a chance at a future

As more young women complete their training in the residential program, ChildVoice looks forward to sharing the stories of many young women with bright futures. ChildVoice thanks you for your continued support!


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ChildVoice International

Location: Durham, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​
ChildVoice International
Project Leader:
Conrad Mandsager
Durham, NH United States

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