July 17, 2023
Prior to the reunification of some of our children, Lydia and her team spend time building skillsets for goods or services that are valuable in the markets. For Rael’s family, that skill is soap making!
You read that correctly! Empowerment can take on any form for the women in Kenya! As you know, our staff is tirelessly working towards family preservation and reunification in the surrounding communities. Part of that effort means ensuring that families have stable and sustainable income sources. Prior to the reunification of some of our children, Lydia and her team spend time building skillsets for goods or services that are valuable in the markets. For Rael’s family, that skill is soap making!
Rael has been a widow for 5 years and has six children to care for. This is a heavy burden for someone on her own! Rael’s daughter is one of the children that we have reunified with her family, so our orphan care staff spent time empowering Rael with a new skill: soapmaking. Since learning and mastering the skill, Rael was able to quickly sell an entire bucket of soap at market! She continues to sell to households in the surrounding village and at multiple local markets. Through this venture, she is now able to afford enough food for her family AND pay her children’s school fees.
While soapmaking is the skillset being taught, these families are also taught about business investment and financial planning. More important that all of that, they are loved on and discipled by our staff. The relationships with these families allow our staff to continue to love and serve our surrounding communities in a manner that represents Christ well. So praise the Lord for the suds in the bucket!
“Beadwork has given me hope. I now wake up with something to long for and it has allowed me to provide for my children.”
“Farming has brought a big difference in my life. Last year, I didn’t farm because I didn’t have the proper knowledge. This year, my children and I have food.”
“Clean water has created a platform for me to reach unreached communities with the good news of Christ.”