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Keeping Families Together

AGCI family preservation programs help lift women and families out of poverty. Through training, mentorship, and a one time grant, we’re helping women start their own businesses and better provide for their families. By providing these women with vocational skills, education, and counseling, we’re not only empowering them as individuals, but also strengthening their families – keeping children out of institutions and in the loving arms of their family.

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Anabella Son
“I had worked in the garbage dump since I was seven,” Anabella says.
She was given away by her mother as a child, and grew up on the streets. Anabella got into a very abusive relationship when she was 17 years old, and finally left her husband with her two sons and daughter. She has been designing and making jewelry for our partner organization for 5 years. “Now I know that I have great value, and I want to share my story with others,” she says. “Above all, I want to make sure that my children don’t relive what I lived.”

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Mary Akim
30-year-old Mary is a widow caring for her two sons. In total, seven family members live in Mary’s small house, including her sister and nephews. Mary struggles to make ends meet each month by making a local drink which she sells from her home. Sadly, the income is barely enough to provide food for the family. The seed money she receives from a micro grant will help stabilize income and provide consistent revenue. Proceeds from her business will allow her to send her children to school, purchase uniforms for them, and help her to save for the future.

Rosa Cristina
Rosa is a 33-year-old mother of 3 boys and a girl. She worked in the garbage dump since she was 9 years old, and was in an abusive marriage. The help she has received has turned her life around. “One of the biggest changes, is the time I have for my kids now. I used to work six or seven days a week. I wouldn’t have been able to take any time off if my children needed me. Now, I go to parent’s evenings and pick them up from school, and make sure they’re doing well,” says Rosa. “For me, being a mother means putting another person’s needs in front of your own.”

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Abang Opiyew
Abang is 35 years old and is the sole supporter for her 5 daughters. When funds allow, she makes a traditional fermented drink to sell, but the proceeds provide very little return on her investment. Through the help of the AGCI income generating program, Abang hopes to begin making and selling injera flatbread. She would like to expand her business to sell to local patrons and hotels to help increase her sales. The business could triple her income and allow her to ensure her daughters are fed and have enough money for school uniforms and supplies.

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