After two of her children died, Joyce Mary was left raising four grandchildren… and was struggling to make ends meet.

But since the start of her IGA business around 20 months ago, she can afford to pay for two children to attend local schools, while another attends Child of Hope school for free and the fourth child is still at home with her. She is extremely happy that she can look after them all, providing clothes for them, paying the rent, buying water and getting charcoal for fuel to cook.

Joyce Mary joined our Income Generating Activity (IGA) scheme when she needed to find a way to support them. Now she buys rice from the local factory and carries it home on her head to sell at her stall. It sounds hard, but it’s easier work than her previous job picking potatoes. She says her life today is free from stress and worry especially about the future.

Joyce Mar is the lady who helped us rescue baby Peter after his mum’s death. That was just before we helped her start her business and found her a new home.

To read facts and figures of the social impact of our IGA work... click here. And if you’d like to help change a mum's life by giving a business start-up grant of £25, click here!

Loading Conversation