This Christmas Margaret and her family hope to finally have a place to call home. Like many women, she joined MicroLoan in the hope of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Margaret is the mother to two young daughters.She wants to provide them with the opportunities she did not have. She is striving for a life that is not defined by poverty, but economic and political instability make this difficult to achieve.
With limited employment opportunities in the village where they live Margaret and her husband struggled to provide enough food and send their two young daughters to school.
The family lives with Margaret’s in-laws in a small, overcrowded house to make ends meet.
“We are young people, we want to grow and develop and build a life for our family but without employment this is very difficult.”
Margaret’s life is undergoing a transformation thanks to the business training, support and loans she is receiving from MicroLoan.
She was one of our first clients in Zimbabwe and started a chicken rearing business with her loans. Margaret and her husband have grown and developed this business over the last year. Their daughters are now able to have regular nutritional meals and attend school.
The business really is transforming the family’s life.
We created Margaret's Journey - a three part video series to bring you closer to our work. Over the next few weeks will we be sharing each episode. In turn, they explore how Margaret's life is changing because of her business.
Watch the first episode 'Educating a entrepreneur' below.
Give your employees the gift of changing a life this Christmas
The reality of living in poverty means that feeding your family is a daily challenge. Living hand-to-mouth, families are unable to afford enough nutritional food and Christmas is no exception.
But this year your business can help MicroLoan change this.
Join our Season of Giving by celebrating your employees and purchasing them Giving Gifts through our online store. Last year, it was estimated that UK shoppers wasted a staggering £5bn on unwanted gifts. But with a Giving Gift there will be no waste because each one will help change a life.
Each gift purchased will help us lift women and their families out of poverty. This is a great way for you to celebrate your team and pay it forward this Christmas. Perhaps your staff members will want to purchase Giving Gifts for their friends, family or colleagues.
You can buy gifts to feed a family, educate an entrepreneur, start a business or support a family for a whole year. Each purchaser can tell us who you are the buying the gift for and include a message so we can create them a personalised eCard.
Visit the store and join our #SeasonofGiving today.
Success story: Maryse Phiri
Maryse Phiri is the mother of five children and runs a bamboo mat making business to provide for her family.
She has been making mats for over 22 years after learning the skill and trade from her parents. Whilst she is extremely skilled at what she does, before joining MicroLoan she wasn’t able to make it a profitable business. Maryse struggled to feed and educate her children. When she had to pull one of her daughters out of school because she could no longer afford the fees Maryse knew something has to change.
Since joining MicroLoan three years ago Maryse has seen her business develop and grow. Traders from Kasungu, the nearest town, now come to the village to purchase her mats. There are several people in the region who make bamboo mats but Maryse’s mats are particularly popular because she makes them larger and sells them for the same price as her competitors. She has now hired four employees that help her meet the demand for her products.
With her increased income and growing business she is proud to say that the family have enough food and her daughter is back in education, so all her children are attending school.
Watch the below above to find out just how much your support has helped Maryse and her family.