A Smile That Shines
Stories of Change
“I used to go work in the field every day but all we could get was just enough to eat. Since I took part in the group, I have been able to buy a sewing machine,” she says.
Only 24 years old, Masika’s life has already seen more hardship than most. She lives with her husband and four children in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, 75% of families survive on one meal a day and 68% of children are chronically malnourished. But through savings groups, donors like you are helping Masika change her future.
The groups are incredibly popular. Our original goal was to organize 70 savings groups last year in the area, but families were so eager for savings that 130 groups were formed! Masika heard about the group through a friend who had her own life transformed.
“In the group we learn how to save money, how to grow crops efficiently, and how to breed and raise small livestock. At the end of this year we plan to buy a goat with our savings. And after that, we will buy a plot of land where we can live,” she tells us.
Thanks to your donations, over the last three years 6,500 households in North Kivu have been changed by these simple, cost effective groups.
‘Thanks to the group, my children are able to study without any problems. I ask God to bless the people who started these groups, because it helps us a lot.’