I’d like to tell you about a Christian widow named Winnie Wambui whom I met in Nakuru, Kenya in February.
Winnie sells clothing—but she doesn’t have a shop. Instead, she sells from door to door, what is referred to in Kenya as “hawking.” And Winnie is good at it. Good enough, in fact, that her business provides enough to support herself and her three children, ages 19, 13 and 8.
Winnie didn’t always have her own business. Knowing that she would be unable to support her family after the loss of her husband, Winnie’s pastor, a Heaven’s Family micro-banker, provided her with a $200 startup loan and some business guidance.
Like any cold-calling salesperson, Winnie has to overcome many obstacles to make a sale. As a mother determined to support her family, however, she overcomes them all—and she has fully repaid her loan. She will now qualify to apply for a second, larger loan in order to expand her business.
Thanks for giving to the Widows & Abandoned Women Fund and for making another success story possible!
For the “least of these,”