Help Women in Rwanda Fight Against Poverty

by Opportunity International
Jul 23, 2013

Anitha's Story of Hope

Anitha in her shop
Anitha in her shop

“It’s reassuring to know that we are facing the future together”

Anitha is the mother of five children in primary school.  Until two years ago, Anitha worked in a nursery in her community. When she lost her job she also lost the family’s only source of income. “I didn’t know what to do, until a friend suggested becoming a member of her Trust Group and starting my own business.”

She took out a small loan of $50 and bought some stock to open up a modest street stall selling fruit and vegetables.  Anitha now buys her produce in bulk on a weekly basis, she is able to earn a $2-3 profit.

Anitha has established herself in the bustling Kimisagara marketplace. Her street stall has a prime location in a busy area. With her profits and her current loan of $270 thanks to your support, she was able to expand her produce to include maize, sorghum and groundnuts.  Anitha is doing so well that she has been able to hire a young lady in her community to look after her children while she works.

Anitha greatly appreciates the friendship and community that comes with being part of the Abizeranya Trust Group. “Joining the group helped me to come out of the isolation I was feeling. I learned that I had to pick myself up and continue on with my life, that I couldn’t give up – for my children’s sake, and also for my own sake.” Anitha continues, “I love being part of this large group of courageous women. As Rwandans, we have all been through different experiences, but together we face the same challenges. We’re all women and we’re all struggling to provide an income for our families.  It’s reassuring to know that we are facing the future together.”


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Opportunity International

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
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Emily Engel
Oakbrook, IL United States

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