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Friends Growing Together

// June 23rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, Ethiopia, Ethiopia-Mudiyambo, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income

Aberu and friends

Aberu and her friends finally caught onto the income-producing ideas of TCD

When villagers catch the vision of Transformational Community Development (TCD) is when the transformation truly begins. GHNI-Ethiopia shares the story about how one woman grew a contagious passion for her village’s TCD Food Committee.

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia
“When we started work in Mudiyambo Village, there were very few people who accepted this vision but now the entire village has taken to the idea of TCD! There are now six women’s groups engaged in agricultural activities.

“Aberu is one of the group members. She and her friends told us how much they have benefitted from the Food Committee training. Aberu and her friends are producing cabbage, carrots, potatoes, peppers and other different kinds of vegetables. Their income is growing fast — now most of them generate up to 5,000 Birr ($250) per harvest and have four harvests per year.

“Most of the women in the village are so excited about their increased income that they often spend the whole day in their field. They have developed a passion to grow food!”

Man Inspired by Family Farm

// June 20th, 2014 // No Comments » // Ethiopia, Ethiopia-Tuka, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income

Melecha Dima was the first member of Tuka’s Food Committee

Melecha Dima was the first member of Tuka’s Food Committee

Family farms have become a great way for Ethiopian villagers to not only feed their families nutritious meals but also bring home income which can help with many of their other needs. Enjoy this inspiring story about Melecha from our leaders in Ethiopia.

Tuka Village, Ethiopia

“Melecha Dima lives in Tuka Village. He is 37 years old and married with three children. Melecha is on Tuka’s Food Committe, and he was the first group member when our Transformational Community Development (TCD) coaches starting working in his village several years ago.

“Our GHNI Ethiopia National Field Leader spent some time with him while he was in Tuka a few weeks ago. He asked Melecha how much he has benefitted from TCD activities since GHNI started working in his village. He smiled very big and told our GHNI Leader,

‘Before I started working with the group, life was very hard for me and my family. But now I generate enough income for my family to eat and for my children to all go to school. I have been so motivated by the income that I get with the group, now I am starting our own family farm in our back yard. Last year I got 7,000 Birr from each of my three harvests for a total of 21,000 Birr ($1,100), which is five times what most people in Tuka used to make in a year. I want to expand my back yard now and make even more money for my family!’”

Living to Live,
Not Just Survive!

// June 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Wellness

Luka sharing his joy over his family’s improved health

Luka sharing his joy over his family’s improved health

Dogon Gada, Village

Luka lives in Dogon Gada Village, Nigeria, with his wife and children. When we first met this family, their life was full of hospital visits for illnesses such as malaria, the children’s severe diarrhea and vomiting, and skin diseases, just to name a few. Their life wasn’t really about living; it was about surviving.

Children are especially vulnerable to illness from malnutrition—not getting enough of the right kinds of food to sufficiently sustain life. This level of malnutrition can illicit various diseases, excessive bloating, and lighter hair. Childrens’ education suffers due to a high number of home sick days or poor performance for lack of concentration. In some cases, lack of proper nutrition is even fatal.

Luka knew that his children’s future was in jeopardy.

Luka heard about the Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons from the other villagers and jumped right in. “Luka has been a good student of our TCD lessons on wellness,” reports Nigeria’s National Leader, “He practices everything he is taught.” Luka’s devotion to living out the principles taught in TCD is evident.

“I have benefited immensely from TCD lessons on wellness and it has transformed my life,” Luka shares. “Now we eat more balanced diet and take care of our living environment like we have never done before. The resultant effect is today my family is a healthier family. I have not been to the hospital for about five months now as compared to the past when we used to make regular visits to the hospital.”

Families like Luka’s learn how to work hard to change their lives in TCD lessons. They become consistent in using mosquito nets, following proper sanitation principles and more importantly, finding a sustainable source of fruits and vegetables to supplement their usual diet of only rice, beans, or maize. Planting family gardens not only provides more meals for the family to share but also a larger variety of nutrients. TCD workers help village families learn what will grow best in their village and how to irrigate and fertilize in a way which is sustainable. The best part is that the children love helping, so they can pass on knowledge to their own families some day!

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Learning to Think Sustainably

// June 16th, 2014 // No Comments » // India, India-Dhoker Jhara, TCD, TCD Education, TCD Income, TCD Wellness

Family and their new dish-drying rack

Family and their new dish-drying rack

Part of sustainable development for the villagers who work with us is learning to change their way of thinking—“Will this sustain me today?” to “Will this sustain me for a lifetime?” These two villages have been making great progress, according to GHNI-India’s leaders, who have shared these transformational stories…

Family Displays Model Behavior

Dhoker Jhara Village, India

“Chunu and his family are growing towards becoming a model family from Hemodpur Village in Dhoker Jhara cluster of villages. Recently our GHNI Transformational Community Development (TCD) Trainer taught them about dish-drying rack. He immediately made a dish-drying rack.

“His next plan is to do something for income generation. We have a great hope from this family. They will surely become TCD family.”

Children showing their new dance skills

Children showing their new dance skills

Education Explosion!
Jatapara Village, India

“Right now our focus in Jatapara is Education and Income Generation. The committee has found these two as the top priority needs. Because of the lack of teachers in government school, students learn very little. At the same time, parents also were not very serious about their children’s education.

“After GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) brought the awareness about education, parents have been sending their children regularly. Number of children coming to after school education has increase from 15 to 60. Along with education, we are also teaching them music and dance. Children are very excited about this.

“We have formed an Income Generation Committee of all ladies. Men from this village go to Dumka town for work. It is very difficult to get them involved in the committee. Many of the women in this village make country liquor and sell it to earn some money. During our committee meeting they agreed that this is not good for their society. So they have decided to plant cash crop for additional income.”

China Village Coming Soon!

// June 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // China, TCD

Chinese family near our next village partnership

Chinese family near our next village partnership

Because YOU believed in the ability of others to transform and be filled with Hope:

Another Project Nationalized for Transformation!

One changed life representing many.  **Mary has tears in her eyes of excitement.  She was an adult before she learned how to read.  Her life was changed when she learned not only how to read, but also to share the stories of life-changing principles through telling stories she read to other illiterate people.

PROGRAM RESULTS:

  • 6 women, some former prostitutes whose lives have been transformed are now trained to help others be transformed.
  • A local agency was instructed in self-sustainability, to keep on helping with local support and connected to more local support
  • School for the children was enhanced with a library for school

 NEW PLANS as this project comes to an end:

We are now preparing to enter our next village.  More information will come soon.

Thank you so much for your partnership!  These villages are almost impossible to reach and forbidden to Westerners.  But because of you, our National Partners are now running the project.  The Village continues onto transformation.  Women, children, and families are growing in hope!

Now that the Hillside Village project has been turned over to nationals, we are seeking new project opportunities to engage.  Last month we visited a minority village of poor potato farmers who are in need of simple solutions to improve their income so that they can afford to send their children to schools.

We are evaluating the right partners and the right technology to help them increase the yield of their crops and new income streams. We are also looking at two other opportunities for community health projects that will make a significant transformation in the quality of life for these poor villages.

 

New Tree Farmers

// June 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Afghanistan, Afghanistan-Valley of Ali, TCD, TCD Income

Dividing up cuttings in Bamyan Province

Dividing up cuttings in Bamyan Province

Several families rural Afghanistan are able increase their income and have hope for the future because of this agricultural project. We are excited to hear from our leaders in Afghanistan about the progress being made!

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

“Some good progress has been made with the tree project in the past month and we have now added a total of 14 new farmers to this project.

“In Kabul Province, GHNI signed contracts with 3 new farmers who were each given 8,000 cuttings. Next year, GHNI will buy back one set of cuttings from the farmers, and will also be given one set as a way to pay back the loan of the cuttings. In this way, the farmers can earn income from the trees, and also pay back this year’s loan.

“In Bamyan Province, 11 farmers received cuttings, each of different amounts. These are on loan only and next year they will return to GHNI the same number of cuttings they received, but can sell or use the remaining cuttings they obtain from the trees.”

* For purposes of security and well-being, “Valley of Ali” is a pseudonym of the village that is being helped by this project.

 

Stopping the Spread of
HIV in Kenya

// June 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Kenya, Kenya-Attir, Kenya-Gambella, Kenya-Shambani, TCD, TCD Wellness

Attir kenya

Villagers in Attir Kenya begin their journey to stop the spread of AIDS

Whether HIV/AIDS is present in rural Kenyan villages is not a question.

 

The true question is

why is it still spreading?

 

Lack of testing, drugs, and counseling for HIV/AIDS carriers has created a deeply negative stigma about the disease across these rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa for decades. Where successful treatments became available in wealthy western nations, developing countries like Kenya have not had access until recent years.* Therefore, the virus continues to spread because those infected are unaware they have it or uneducated about its effect. Those who have been diagnosed are often highly stigmatized, the discrimination tearing families, and even whole villages, apart.

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in villagers became clear upon initial health assessments in the villages where we conduct Transformational Community Development (TCD) in Kenya. Villagers have leaned into the lessons given on disease with great success.

One TCD trainer shares about the situation in Shambani village when the wellness program there began:

“There was faster spread of HIV/AIDS because no testing was done for someone to know his/her status. People were having affairs with partner who is already affected. Hence there was high death rate and many children were left orphans, many mothers were left widows, and the poverty level was increased.”

A few months later, the same trainer reported,

“Due to wellness lessons, there is a big progress in relation to those people living with HIV/AIDS and the community. There is no more stigmatization or discrimination; we can see them working together in their big farm, and even eating together.”

The progress doesn’t happen overnight as the villagers learn of the severity of the disease and how it spreads. Working with the Ministry of Health, infected villagers became consistent in taking their medication and the spread of the disease declined steadily. Gambella Village, whose community has successfully completed the TCD program, has reported no new HIV/AIDS cases!

Gambella Village has reported

no new HIV/AIDS cases!

Testing for HIV and AIDS is a top priority when we begin working alongside a Kenyan village because of the disease’s devastating effects. When we began working with Attir Village just a few months ago, one of the first villager led committees formed was the Wellness Committee. This committee informed us that the last time the Ministry of Health provided HIV/AIDS test kits was 10 years ago! The Ministry of Health has agreed to partner with the villagers by providing these hard to come by kits as well essential drugs and HIV counseling.

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*Source: http://www.avert.org/history-hiv-aids-africa.htm

 

Creating Village Wellness

// June 1st, 2014 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, TCD, TCD Wellness

Wellness-Graphic“Lack of access to safe, clean drinking-water and basic sanitation, as well as poor hygiene cause nearly 90% of all deaths from diarrhoea, mainly in children. While 87% of the world’s population now have access to improved water sources, 39% still lack access to improved sanitation. Moreover, in developing countries 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open, and hand washing with soap is practised, on average, only after 17% of toilet uses,” reads a recent report by WHO. This report, while astounding in itself, describes only part of the wellness challenge with the villagers we are helping.

Wellness is one of the five areas where we help villagers transform their lives through our Transformational Community Development (TCD) program. These rural villagers generally desire to work on this area in their life because it’s a matter of life and death! It’s amazing to see the hard work these villagers endure to change the daily routines which have been ingrained in them for generations. Here are some of the ways we help villagers increase their overall wellness through TCD:

Disease Prevention: Many debilitating diseases prevalent in rural villages can be prevented through access to clean water and sanitation. Others are not so easy, such as HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Hygiene: Proper hygiene is a foreign concept to many rural villagers. Women and girls are most vulnerable to the effects of improper hygiene, particularly around the time of their menstrual period. Providing knowledge and resources to overcome these obstacles, women and girls can attend to their daily responsibilities with dignity.

Nutrition: Malnutrition is especially devastating for young children in rural villages. Helping villagers find the knowledge and resources by which to maintain a balanced diet, lives are saved and overall more productive.

Children’s Health Education: Empowering children at a young age to take control of their own health and wellness not only gives them an advantage in life but is also inspiring to their parents.

These are just a few ways in which villages have overcome wellness issues. Throughout the month of June we are excited to share with you stories of people who have worked hard to overcome some serious wellness issues in their village.

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News Behind the News
May 2014

// May 30th, 2014 // No Comments » // News Behind the News

Content was provided by Swiss-based GHNI Geneva, the operational seat of GHNI’s international field programming.
Nepal – Community unity and leadership led to the partnership that put in several new wells in South West Nepal. We rejoice in this as it truly produces ownership and leadership!

Nepal – Community unity and leadership led to the partnership that put in several new wells in South West Nepal. We rejoice in this as it truly produces ownership and leadership!

Section One: Focus Countries

 

Afghanistan

Can Farmers Overcome Drought?

Ghor province lost thousands of its inhabitants in 2013, according to an IRIN report. Some fled because of conflict, but many others were driven out by lack of food, occasioned by a combination of prolonged drought and flash floods in the planting season.

Some low cost interventions have been made by some agencies, one of which propagated improved storage techniques for the potato crop on which 80% of farm families are dependent. Another project focused on training and improved seeds for wheat and potatoes. The success of the project was attributed to community participation and engagement.

GHNI is helping community-based projects in 3 provinces. 

Burkina Faso

Unwanted Unaffordable Pregnancies

Startling figures on abortion are revealed by an IRIN account of the situation in Burkina Faso, which claims that one third of pregnancies are unintended and one third of these end in abortion. Health NGOs point out that if contraceptive services were more readily available, 100,000 unwanted pregnancies and 30,000 abortions would be avoided.

GHNI takes two approaches to help in this area. We teach youth on ethics and health and we help launch micro-businesses in the villages, thus raising the financial resiliency of the families. 

Burma (Myanmar)

Malaria Therapy Resistance

During the long period of military rule, public expenditure on health services stagnated at a very low level, so that according to an IRIN report 80-90% of services are currently provided by the private sector.

In the case of pharmaceutical services, most drugs are obtained from untrained drug sellers who sell on the basis of what their customers can afford, rather than what is medically indicated. Hence a malaria therapy resistance has grown in many victims. An intervention by a government/NGO partnership with therapy drugs subsidized to make the retail price $0.50.

Another important step was the decision by the government to ban imports of monotherapy formulations. The takeaway message from this experience is “the pervasive and dominant private sector is a serious threat if ignored, but a powerful ally if utilized.”

GHNI is in remote villages teaching malaria prevention whenever appropriate. 

Egypt

In Spite of the Violence, Follow- Up Goes On and is the Key for Poor Women!

Our GHNI Egypt team writes, “After distributing sewing machines for women last January, we are currently pursuing women to help them and teach them more about how to maintenance machines if crashes happened through home visits.

“At each visit, we could see women’s delight because sewing machines helped each woman to increase her income, which helps her family in their living.

“Our colleague, Lydia reports, ‘We currently help ladies in the repair and maintenance of some of the faults that occur with the sewing machine. This care from us gave them a feeling and a strong sense that we are interested. They estimated how much we love them, which helped them to open their homes and accept us.’

“We will continue to follow monthly for each woman in her home to see how effective and beneficial sewing is and also to maintain of the machine as well as share hope not only for the lady but also with her family.”

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Ethiopia

Rural Poverty Can be Transformed, One Village at a Time!

Our GHNI Ethiopia team writes, “Zewditu is 32 years old and she is lives in Tuka Village. She has six children. Her husband used to work as a Transformational Community Development (TCD) Worker with GHNI. Even though he is no longer employed by GHNI, the family still applies what it learned in TCD training.

“After she came back from that training she started working in one of the Women Committees and is an active member of that committee. Her group produces different vegetables and fruit trees.

“From this activity, her income has increased and she can help her children, especially with school expenses. This year alone she got 5,000 Birr (almost $260). She said she has been encouraged highly. To increase her earning potential, she bought four goats and she has eighteen chickens. She is very happy in life.” 

India

Transformational Community Development Coalition Launched in Kolkata

GHNI’s National Leader is chairing a committee of volunteers from all over Bengal and Jharkhand. Some of the major topics were: Fighting human trafficking, Good Health, Community, Building Community Ownership, Relief and Development, World View, and Why Children?

GHNI is teaching and encouraging the committee members to bring help to the villages where they work by using the Transformational Community Development (TCD) model. The committee members are all strong leaders and have great influence in their regions. This has greatly increased our ability to bring help and hope to the poor of India. We are seeing the multiplication of GHNI’s TCD model taking place.

Learn about one village’s transformation in India! 

Villagers building a water tank

Villagers building a water tank

Indonesia

Water Saves Villagers

Many islands in this country are very unsure of their water supply. Villagers in Cambaloe on the island of Tanakeke are working hard to make the most out of the coming rainy season. With their own families and friends they have learned how to construct affordable water catchment tanks! 

Jordan

Severe Drought is Exacerbating the Chronic Water Shortage Situation in Jordan

IRIN reports that Jordan received only 31% of its long-term average rainfall this winter (the rainy season). Jordan is dependent on groundwater for 54% of its total supply, but in 10 of 12 groundwater schemes extraction exceeds recharge rates. There is increasing demand for water for agriculture and for human habitations, swelled by the recent influx of refugees from Syria.

So desperate is the situation that the Ministry of Water and Irrigation is contemplating a solution fraught with political and technical problems. It involves extracting and desalinating water from the Red Sea to supply participating countries (Jordan, Israel and OPT reached an agreement after decades of discussion) and pumping brine by pipeline and canal to replenish the Dead Sea, whose level is falling at the rate of a metre (3 feet) a year. According to the agreement, Israel will be able to purchase water from Aqaba for its southern regions, and in return, Jordan will be able to purchase water from Israel (the Sea of Galilee) to supply its northern provinces.

Although there is a feasibility study undertaken by the World Bank, there is as yet no financing identified for the project, and there are a number of critics of the project on environmental grounds. 

Kenya

Livestock Insurance and Islam

IRIN is carrying a report of the successful introduction of an Islamic compliant livestock insurance scheme in Wajir District. Pastoral communities are extremely vulnerable to the ravages of drought and disease among their flocks, but conventional insurance schemes had previously attracted few customers, allegedly on the grounds that many thought that they were inconsistent with the principles of Islam.

Takaful (from Arabic kafalah “helping one another” or “mutual guarantee”) is an acceptable form of insurance that has already paid out benefits to over 100 pastoralists. Among these beneficiaries, there was a 50% drop in distress sales of livestock and a 33% reduction in reliance on relief food. 

Niger

Pesticide Abuse

IRIN is carrying a report about the widespread abuse of pesticides. As the majority of farmers are illiterate, they have little or no appreciation of the dangers in the use of powerful pesticides and take no precautions. Officially the import of the more dangerous chemicals is banned, but the borders are porous, and unscrupulous traders from neighbouring countries are undeterred.

GHNI has a focus on teaching organic pesticide, a much safer form of non-chemical pesticide. 

Nigeria

Nigerians Sacrificing to Educate Rural Children! Young Teachers Lead Volunteerism!

Our GHNI Nigeria team writes, “The Dogon Gada community school, the new and only school for many miles, has enrolled over 25 children. Classes are held weekdays between 8am and 1pm daily. Unfortunately, out of this number, only 15 attend classes consistently. We have the challenge of some parents who still ask school-age children to accompany cattle for grazing and babysit their younger siblings while classes are going on. We are talking to the parents with a view to solving this problem.

“The former trainer for the Tailoring Center, Jemima, who was doubling up as the schoolteacher has gone back to Kaduna. We had an uphill task getting another teacher as qualified teachers rarely want to live and work in the village. We just got another teacher, Matthew, who has now moved to Dogon Gada and started teaching the kids.”

Pakistani woman with her newborn

Pakistani woman with her newborn

 

Pakistan

Reduced Infant Deaths

WHO reports very high mortality for mothers giving birth and infants in Pakistan, where GHNI has worked for many years. Through GHNI’s partnership with nurses and midwives, a BLiSS (Birth Life Saving Skills) program began. For several months, BLiSS trainers lived within the villages, training women in midwifery. This way many women would be trained as a midwife, allowing each of the villages to experience an increase in safe, live births. One village reported zero birth-related deaths the following year! 

Somalia

Rape Victims Shamed

IDP camps in Somalia are not places of safety for women and girls. Cases of rape are commonplace, and there is a climate of almost complete impunity. Victims are shamed and sometimes intimidated into silence. Far from protection from the judicial system, IRIN reports two cases in which those bringing claims of rape were themselves charged with defamation and sentenced for that offence. There are few points at which victims could obtain a sympathetic hearing and effective treatment.

GHNI leader with Syrian woman in Jordan

GHNI leader with Syrian woman in Jordan

 

Syria

Bringing Sustainability to Refugees

In an unprecedented move, GHNI is now training Syrian refugees in micro-business! From the desk of Jamal Hashweh, Regional Field Leader of the Middle East, “Marking progress with the Syrian crisis is like counting water droplets in a thunderstorm. The work is never ending and the problems remain. We are trying to help stabilize the lives of the families as they will be here for a long time and are training men and women in small business. They love it!”

 

Section Two: Feature Article of the Month

 

Lansantha and Sandanam children in front of their shop

Lansantha and Sandanam children in front of their shop

Transformation in Sri Lanka Village!

Lansantha and Sandanam’s Dream Come True

Our GHNI National Field Leader writes, “Lansantha and her husband, Sandanam, are residents of Nallathanniya. Their love bloomed to a marriage. They have three children of the ages 12, 11, and 2.

“When we first visited them, we were surprised to hear of their humble beginnings. They had a small hut covered with tarred sheet roof leaking in many places. They had only a few food items for sale. The average income per day was Rs.300 (about $3).

“As days went by, they found it difficult to support the children with their school books, clothing, and food. The hut was impossible to live in during the rainy season so they decided with the little savings they had to build a market with a good roof to protect them from the rain and attract customers. However as the work was in progress, they were short of money and unable to complete the market, make homemade eatables, and purchase other picketed products for sale.

“They tell us that they came to know about the GHNI micro-financing program through other villagers. They applied for a loan which they received speedily.

“They were proud to show us their completed market with various items on sale. Sandanam tells me that as the shop has a beautiful appearance, his sales have shot up from Rs.300 to Rs.600 ($3 to $6).

“He tells me that he expects to increase his sales to Rs.1,000 ($8) a day which will be sufficient to provide for the whole family and save for a rainy day. He tells me that this was made possible because of GHNI who gave him a helping hand when most needed. He wishes GHNI and all those concerned long life. He wants GHNI to carry out the micro-financing program as this will help other villagers of Nallathanniya.”

Committees Staying Busy

“The Committee reported that the micro-financing loans work well. The loans pay-back monthly collection fund was used to give loans to another four village families. The committee requested that those who take loans pay the monthly loan installment on or before the 12th of each month to make the loan collection easier.

“The Education Committee requested that we start a tutoring class for the primary students. The committee was asked to forward proposals to include payment for teachers for the number of days the tutoring class will be held, the subjects that will be taught, and the number of teachers who will be involved in the teaching.

“We also spoke about human trafficking. The parents were requested to arrange a date and time and then come with their daughters so that we can make them aware of human trafficking and the dangers.”

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Lansantha and Sandanam’s Dream Come True

// May 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka-Nallathanniya, TCD, TCD Income

Lansantha and Sandanam children in front of their shop

Lansantha and Sandanam children in front of their shop

Nallthanniya, Sri Lanka

From the desk of GHNI-Sri Lanka’s National Leaders, Celeste and Jayarani Pieterze—

Lansantha and her husband, Sandanam, are residents of Nallathanniya. Their love bloomed to a marriage. They have three children of the ages 12, 11, and 2.

When we first visited them, we were surprised to hear of their humble beginnings. They had a small hut covered with tarred sheet roof leaking in many places. They had only a few food items for sale. The average income per day was Rs.300 ($3).

As days went by, they found it difficult to support the children with their school books, clothing, and food. The hut was impossible to live in during the rainy season, so they decided, with their small savings, to build a market with a good roof to protect them from the rain and attract customers. However as the work was in progress, they fell short of money and were unable to complete the market.

They didn’t have even enough to make homemade eatables, or purchase other picketed products for sale.

A beautiful storefront brings in customers

A beautiful storefront brings in customers

They tell us they came to know about GHNI’s micro-financing program through other villagers. They applied for a loan, which was approved and distributed to them quickly.

They were proud to show us their completed market with various items on sale. Sandanam tells me as the shop now has a beautiful appearance, his sales have shot up from Rs.300 to Rs.600 ($3 to $6).

He expects to increase his sales to Rs.1000 ($8) a day which will be sufficient to provide for the whole family and save for a rainy day.

He tells me this was made possible because of GHNI who gave him a helping hand when most needed. He wishes GHNI and all those concerned long life. He wants GHNI to continue and expand the micro-financing program, as this will help other villagers of Nallathanniya.

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