“It’s been a difficult time for South Sudanese women since December 2013… After every conflict and unrest there is looting. Manna Microfinance women are not spared.” Tabitha Muthui reports on the current situation in South Sudan.
Rose and her husband live in Juba, South Sudan and have 7 children. Rose’s husband is a church minister and so Rose is the main breadwinner.
Rose was struggling to provide food, schooling and health care for her 7 children but two years ago heard about Manna Microfinance (MM) and joined a group. She went through the MM programme: receiving business training and a loan, and soon started a general store business. This business enabled Rose to provide for her family’s needs and to repay the loan. She has kept running the general store ever since.
However in July 2016, when political violence broke out across Juba, Rose’s hard-work was destroyed by looters who took everything from her shop.
Her livelihood in tatters, Rose returned to the MM office to talk with staff.
“We need the shop to keep on supporting the family.” – Rose
The MM staff we able to put Rose into a new group, and she received a new loan. With this she replenished her stock and restarted her business.
“We are grateful to Anglican International Development for giving this country a second chance, over and over, supporting women to provide for their families in such a difficult time.” – Rose
Profiting from Profits
Despite the difficulties being experienced in South Sudan at the moment, Manna Microfinance is flourishing. Over the month of November the programme made $100 profit (from the small interest collected on loans). This is more than ever before and suggest the project is on its way to long term sustainability.
Rose is just one of 50 MM women who lost their businesses during fighting in Juba this summer. Please pray for them: pray for God’s comfort and help. Thank God that Manna Microfinance has been able to support these women and give them hope and new loans. Pray for protection for MM women and their businesses and please keep praying for an end to the conflict in South Sudan.