Your gift has helped me cope with unemployment during the pandemic
By Floridah Atienoe - Programs Coordinator
"The impact of Covid-19 hit home when I was given my letter of redudancy in May 2020. As a mother of five children, this news was devastating. My job brought to me fiancial security, though I did not make much, I was able to pay rent, provide food for my children and eventually support them through school. I am widow, so I depend only on one source of income.
I did not know what to tell my children that evening, for one week I left home very early in the morning and came back in the eveninig just like everything was normal. At night, I would ask myself so many questions. What would happen to my 5 children? what would the landlord tell me this month? where will my food come from?. Scchool closing made it more difficult, often I would depend on school to at least provide lunch for the children, but now all the schools are clossed.
When I shared my predicament with a friend, she asked me how much I had saved. I told her that I only had Ksh 2,000 / $ 20. She challenged me to start a small business with the money, but I did not have any business skills, neither did I believe that $ 20 could help me start a business. She refered me to Garden of Hope Foundation where her children are being sposnored through school, luckily they were runnig the economic empowerment program targetting people who had been affected by Covid-19.
Through the training, I was able to start my business of selling soap, fruits and vegatables. I started my businees in June and It has been running for 3 months. The business is able to pay my rent, put food on the table and provide meals. I would like to keep the business even after I get a fulltime job"
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