He proudly stands in the middle of his garden, looking at the beautiful tender green cabbages, with a pleased look on his face. The garden he is scouting is about a quarter acre big. Although the cabbages are still in the early stages of growth, it is quite apparent that this man will make some substantial profits once they fully mature.
20 January 2015. The date will forever haunt Butoto Yoweli, a refugee from DR Congo and a mother of eight children. The day brings unpleasant memories so deep and painful that tears stream down her sad eyes when she recalls it. The date left a bruise in her mind, a gaping hole in her life and a scar in her heart.
It was a cloudy Tuesday afternoon and the time was around 2 O’clock. Bridget was going back home from school not because she had knocked off but because she was not allowed to attend classes. Her tuition had not been settled. To Bridget, this was nothing new. Tuition fees had always been a serious challenge since she commenced secondary school. One way or the other, when schools opened she was guaranteed to experience disruptions in her education.
When Pastor Richard Kachipande walks to the pulpit of Grace Baptist Church every Sunday, he moves with confidence and passion. He has his sermon properly planned out, the verses well organized and above all he fully understands church administration. He preaches with clarity, knowledge, and a passion strengthened by the Biblical studies that he completed earlier this year, courtesy of our Bible school.
Two years ago, a group of three women calling themselves Chikondi (Love) held a meeting where they planned to start a small scale business. It was a fruitful gathering and when the women bade farewell to each other later that evening, they knew what type of business they would launch. The three women, although coming from separate villages, resolved to fight tooth and nail to realize the vision they had discussed that day.
A good tailor is required to have the perfect tools and machines in order to work properly. That means the tailor’s needles, quilting machines and related equipment must always be in flawless condition. It is no secret that customers take their businesses elsewhere if a tailor fails to meet deadlines. Nothing destroys a tailoring shop faster than squeaky old machines with random breakdowns. Unreliable sewing machines are the perfect way to lose the trust of clients.
When Faith’s brother passed away, the girl’s secondary school education came to a complete standstill. He was the one paying her tuition and with his demise, Faith had no alternative source of money. Her brother had been providing for her ever since their parents died over 10 years ago. Faith was stranded. She was in Form 3 and was remaining with only a year to complete her secondary school studies but she saw her future crumbling.