With eyes focused on sustainability and reliable incomes so that families can eat well, which in turn, allows children to stay in school, AFCA is supporting a sisal project. Sisal is a fiber that is used to make rope, shoes, baskets, coffee bags, and much more and it is highly marketable around the world.
In a small corner of Kenya, in the village of Miwani, a group of HIV+ women and men are working in sisal production, thanks to YOU. They harvest the leaves and pass them through a process that removes the fiber from the leaves, leaving a mulch that is used to feed livestock and to make soap, which is another business enterprise workers can engage in. These employees are being paid a fair wage and better yet, they can expect a bonus if they are good workers and if they are reliable. This is an uncommon practice and one that the employees are so excited about!
Another wonderful addition to this project is the fact that people work 3-day weeks. This is particularly important for those who are widowed with children. A three day work week allows for days off when someone is not feeling well and it also allows time for household chores and childcare. This is an inovative idea which is being embraced eagerly.
It is becasue of YOU that this can happen - people can have the dignity of working, knowing they will be treated fairly and well, their kids can go to school, they can save some money, and they can have hope for a better future. Thank YOU for being a deliverer of hope. Children like the ones in the photos are the true beneficiaries - they learn the value of good work, eat well and can study. Excellent all the way around, isn't it?