2011 - Stories of Women who Received Micro loans from Power of Love

Brenda Mwansa: (Age 41) Brenda Mwansa is a single mother with one child and three dependents. In order to make a living, she used to sell fritters and beans, but now with a loan and business training she received from the Power of Love Foundation, she is able to sell peanut butter and used clothes. With profits from this business, she is able to provide better food for her family and pay for school expenses for her child and two children living with her.

                                         

Dorothy Lungu: (Age 44) Dorothy is a widow with four children of her own and two dependents. Dorothy received her first loan and business training from Power of Love in March 2010. With the loan capital, Dorothy started a business selling eggs and dry fish. Since, then she has improved her sales and profits and received a second loan in October 2010. With the second loan, she increased the types of products she sells – she added beans, tomatoes, dried and fresh fish and used clothing to her assortment. Dorothy is now able to pay school fees for her children and provide better meals for them without seeking help from relatives.

                                              

Edith Simfukwe: (Age 42) Edith used to sell vegetables before she received a loan from Power of Love. Her husband fell sick last year and she was unable to take care of her business. After the death of her husband, Edith received no help and was unable to pay rent for three months. With the help of a loan and business training, Edith has been able to restart her business and her business is doing well. With the profits from her business, Edith has been able to repay her overdue rent and take care of her 3 children. At present her business is thriving and her children are studying in a government school.

                                                

Falesi Miti: (Age 59) Falesi is a widow with one child and two grandchildren. Before she received a loan from POL, she used to beg in the streets and work as a street sweeper every Friday. With the help of a loan and the business training from POL, she has stopped sweeping the streets and begging for food and money. Falesi is now able to feed her family from the profit she makes from her business and is planning to put her grandchildren in school.

                                              

Brenda Tembo: (Age 55) Brenda used to smash and sell stones, but two years ago she got very sick and was advised by the doctor to stop. Since then, life has not been easy for her and her two HIV positive grandchildren. In 2010, Brenda was given a loan and business training by POL. Now, she buys cracked/broken stones and resells them to her old buyers. Brenda says that the training she received has helped her improve her business skills and she now knows how to manage her money. She has expanded her business and has plans to extend her one room house into a two-room house. Brenda is happy as she says that she is doing better than she ever thought she would. Her grandchildren are in school and she can provide for their food and clothing.

                                              

Rebecca Mbewe: (Age 53) Rebecca lost her daughter and is now caring for her five grandchildren. Life has not been easy for her as her salary as a waitress in a restaurant was not sufficient to take care of her grandchildren. After the death of her daughter, Rebecca was unable to send her grandchildren to school. In 2010, she received a loan and business training from POL, and since then she has been able to send two of her grandchildren back to school. According to Rebecca, the loan and business training has made a significant difference in her life.

                                              

Mary Banda: (Age 38) Mary has been working as a maid since her husband stopped working three years ago. She could only afford one meal a day and could not manage to pay school fees for her children. Mary received her first loan and business training in March 2010 and according to her everything is much better now. Her children are in school and she is able to feed her family two meals a day. As a result of the profits from her business she is able to pay her rent on time and does not have to move from one place to another. After the successful completion of the first loan cycle, Mary was given her second loan in October 2010. Her husband helps her run their business at the restaurant.