Income Generating Projects
Income Generating Projects Before joining our Beads Project, Jennifer says, life was so hard. As a subsistence farmer, income was little and the labor was exhausting. She did not receive payment until the end of the farming season so it was very difficult for her to buy seeds for the next season at the appropriate planting time.This situation made it impossible to afford school supplies for the children so they remained at home. They often went without food to eat.Jennifer has now been involved in The Beads Project for one and a half years. This ensures a stable income for her family and allows her save for school materials for the children. Over time her wise money management has put her in a position to employee others to help her with the farming. Jennifer is pleased to have more time for the children and now enjoys waking up in the morning to prepare tea for them and making their lunch fresh each day. She used to have to leave their lunches in an old plastic bag because she was laboring in the field.The stable income from The Beads Project has afforded her the chance to start more income generating projects. She started a poultry project and has enough money to buy medicine for her chickens. She has purchased better seeds that will produce higher yields at harvest time. She has also joined a savings group for women since she meets the stable income requirement. Jennifer says she feels more respected both in the community and at home. She was elected as the cashier at her local church and her husband has stopped beating her if he becomes annoyed. She feels like she now can act her part in the home. Her husband is beginning to treat her like a partner and is allowing her to take part in decision making for the family. Jennifer says, My husband is advising me more and more now. He has advised me to get more involved and to attend all the sessions when he sees the fruits of the project. If I one day don't feel like going, he actually encourages me to go. Now our roles can be switched, if my husband doesn't have any money, I can provide. The women are not left behind anymore, now we are moving in the same path as the men. Now we can also have money in our pockets. My husband and I both provide for our family now. I am joyful; it is like my heart is seated.