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Her Hope Revived

A story of determination and perseverance

As a single mother from Dodoma, Tanzania, twenty-nine year old Pendo Komba desired to give her two young boys a better life.

As a young girl, Pendo’s stepmother didn’t allow her to attend school past grade five. Her parents could not support her, and she was forced to marry an abusive man. Fleeing from her  marriage, Pendo sought refuge with her grandmother and worked as a housemaid in her village. Underpaid and without any other options, she felt stuck.

When hope was dwindling, she heard of the Village Savings and Loans (VSL) group set up by the local church in partnership with Tearfund. Joining the VSL group was a no-brainer for Pendo, as her village lacked banking services for those with minimal access.

With determination to make a better life for her family, she eagerly joined and began to save for her business. She took out loans from her VSL group to buy vegetables in bulk to sell in the market, and expanded her business by purchasing pigs to raise and sell.

In fact, her income has grown so much that she is an active member of three savings groups! She looks forward to following her dream of starting a cooking business. She is thankful for the VSL group as it has helped her family out of poverty. 

You can impact a family’s life by bringing an end to poverty

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