Lives of Pathetic Conditions
Aaheli, just like her four companions, desperately wanted a new beginning for her family. She joined her husband in bringing income to the household in hopes that by doing so, her children would get a quality education. She dreamed of giving her children a good future.
Every day she visited nearby families, asking if there was any work that needed to be done. She’d clean their houses and wash their dishes if it meant getting a few more rupees in her hands at the end of the day.
It was the same for Suchi, except she just wanted to make sure she could feed her child. She’d see other parents able to afford good food for their children; then she’d look at her own life. There were times when the electricity was shut off to her home because the bills weren’t paid.
Then Aaheli and Suchi heard about a micro-finance program in their area. The program, which operates under Gospel for Asia-supported Women’s Fellowship, has helped more than 84,000 women overcome poverty by providing loans that will help them start their own businesses.
Maybe this was the way to their dreams.
Becoming Part of the Program
Aaheli and Suchi applied. The micro-finance program had strict qualifications: Each woman had to have a clean reputation, an entrepreneurial mind and a good history of borrowing money.
Women would form local “units” and attend weekly meetings that would help them learn more about owning their own businesses, time management and being good financial stewards. It would also be a time when they could discuss ideas and fellowship with one another.
Aaheli and Suchi ended up in the same unit.