In 2018 The Widows’ Cause team decided to explore new opportunities in Asia and therefore make an even greater impact. The outcome was to start working in Nepal as we have already shared.
We didn’t hesitate to enlarge our vision moving forward even though we knew it would require a greater commitment of our time and energy in the areas of promotion, administration, and fundraising. As you can see in the photos below the first phase of 30 Nepalese women have been financed into the goat rearing
business. These women are from the Chepang tribe who live in the hill country around Chitwan. This is a very poor area but is suited to goat rearing. Goat meat is expensive in Nepal and demand outstrips supply.
IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING but the FUTURE looks promising………..WE’RE EXCITED
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Sukumaya aged 30 has 6 children. Her husband left on a work contract 4 years ago, there has been no further contact. Rearing goats will increase Sukumaya's income which is vital for this family to move forward.
Sabita aged 27 and mother of 3 has had no contact with her husband who left to work overseas 4 years ago. She is also wanting to increase her income and have the means to provide better opportunities for her children.
Suku a widow aged 55 has 6 children and is also a grandmother. With her loan she will increase her small herd of 2 goats which will give her a more secure future.
Sarina aged 26 and mother of 2 was deserted by her husband 4 years ago. She is a field labourer earning $30 p.m..
Sarina is believing her goat business will generate more income to give a brighter future for her family.
The Widows’ Cause continues to thrive in Chennai, India. An increasing number of widows’ lives have been powerfully impacted as we work among them.
In the last two years, thousands of dollars from loan repayments have been reinvested into:
76 widows have received second loans
We financed a much needed well in one of the leper colonies in Indore
$1100 was spent on school supplies for the children of leper widows in Indore
Huge thanks to our supporters, together we are making a difference.
That $200 initial donation to sponsor a widow is proving to be a GREAT investment as when it gets repaid it is quickly reinvested again and again.
Having said all that, we couldn’t possibly do any of this without our fantastic team on the ground. Kumar and Sally with their assistants Prema and Silvi make it all happen. They assess, train the widows, disperse the funds, support the widows through the period of the loan and monitor repayments.
Together we are turning lives around. We see poverty and despair replaced by hope and purpose. We see it not only in the eyes of the widows but in the eyes of their children as well.
Vajiramani aged 63 a widow since 2006. She cooks delicious mutton and butter soups and sells them at a night market for 40 cents a bowl. This widow used her loan to buy new equipment.
Murugammal widowed at 33 is much happier these days. With her second loan she bought into the fish business.... selling prawns. Her income has increased to $6 per day much more than what she made previously selling plastic bags.
Mother & daughter both widows. Vasanthi at 55 has a thriving Tiffin shop. She sells rice cakes and chutney for 5 cents a piece. Vasanthi is up cooking at 4 am each morning and also supplies outside stores.
Gomathi aged 36 lost her husband in 2008. She is a tailoress and used her loan to buy a new sewing machine. Gomathi also supports her mum in the business.
Some of our Chennai team - Kumar, Prema & Sylvie.
Recently we had problems with our website Home Page - The Widows Cause which has now been resolved.
However to avoid further confusion we ask that you DONATE directly to Global Development that handles all TWC's finances via the links below.
Don't forget all donations over $2 are now TAX DEDUCTIBLE...
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