Whilst the fighting in South Sudan has been tragic, there have also been many stories of hope and encouragement.
Just one of these is Eve’s:
Eve (centre, blue dress) has been a member of the Holy II Manna Microfinance group since 2011. With the loan and business training she received through her MM group she set up a successful hotel business.
When fighting broke out in Juba in December 2013, quickly spreading across the country, Eve’s business got caught up in the middle of the violence and her hotel was ransacked & destroyed by looters. She was left with nothing. With her only source of income gone, Eve was unable to feed her family or repay her loan;”she was desperate and broken,” says Louis, Manna Microfinance’s project manager.
Seeing this desperate situation, the leader of the Holy II microfinance group leader, Safyia, rallied their group members together to help Eve pay back her loan. Though each member of Holy II group is fighting poverty themselves, they gave generously and Eve was not only able to pay back her loan but also to buy and open another small hotel.
This story of hope demonstrates the effectiveness and importance of working in and through group structures, formed through local churches. Being part of a group means that each woman has support in times of need and is more able to endure difficulty. It also shows the faithfulness and compassion of the women in our microfinance groups and their strength of character which enables them to endure the difficult circumstances in which they live.
We are thankful for the success of this project and pray for it to enable more and more women and families across South Sudan to find a long-term way out of poverty. To help us do this, please give to AID here.