Mamie Sikuli, inside her tailorng shop in Butembo
Greetings from the Pro-Microfinance Team. Your contributions have led to remarkable changes in the lives of Pro-microfinance International’s clients, including that of Mamie Sikuli, a long-term borrower of the program.
Before joining Pro-Microfinance International, Mamie had never had the opportunity to generate her own income. As a housewife and seasonal agriculturalist, and mother to 5 children, the family had no savings. When her husband, a school teacher, passed away in 2009, life became even more difficulty for the family. Mamie faced many challenges in providing for her family, and oftentimes depended on the charity of her relatives.
When Mamie heard in late 2009 from her neighbor about Pro-Microfinance International, she decided to join the group and engage in a second hand clothing business. While she became independent of her relatives’ charity for food, Mamie still struggled to send her children to school. However, after two years of selling second hand clothing and saving the profits, Mamie was able to purchase a second hand sewing machine. From another Pro-Microfinance International client, Mamie received training in sewing that allowed her to start up her own tailoring business.
Through Mamie’s hard work and determination to send her children to school, the business soon doubled. Today, Mamie has her own workshop, a brand new sewing machine, and has even hired an assistant tailor to help her with her expanding business. All 5 of her children, who she says now eat a much healthier diet, are now in school.
Pro-microfinance is delighted to share this success story with our supporters, as your gifts and support have allowed us to work with many more women like Mamie.
We invite you to become a monthly donor to PMI. Recurring donations are simple to set up, and can be cancelled at any time. By setting up your regular gift by Direct Debit on PayPal, we will be able to help even more small business owners in DR Congo work their way out of poverty:
$5 can fund financial training for one woman.
$10 can train a woman in new skills such as soap-making.
$20 can fund start up capital for one woman.
$50 can fund a sewing machine for a micro enterprise business.
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