Barely two months after her husband died, Elizabeth, a mother of four, did not want to let her beloved’s death make her slip into depression. She decided to keep busy by joining the New Life Christian Center’s Widows Tailoring project she came to learn of through a friend. She did her six months training and graduated with a brand new sewing machine and some start up capital.
Today Elizabeth’s dignity has been restored as she has managed to secure her own tailoring shop at a nearby market. She has since managed to buy four more second-hand sewing machines, repaired them and made them fully functional. She has also employed two assistants to help her with the ever increasing customer base. Her generosity has been extended to offering practical lessons to her fellow widows that are still doing their training at New Life in their spare time.
When we visited her shop, she could not hide her joy at what the Lord has done from the time she was left to be the breadwinner of her family. She proudly displayed her ready made chitenge attires as she narrated how she almost fell into depression had it not been for a friend that talked to her about the New Life Tailoring project for widows. She is a proud mother of four who has not only brought food on the table, but also managed to send them back to school. The last one has since completed grade 12 and awaits to go to college. She hopes to slowly raise enough to start sending them to college, be it one at a time…she is determined!
Elizabeth is just but one of the many widows that have since graduated through this local church’s initiative. Join this noble crusade and support the ministry of Forgotten Voices as it gives hope to orphans through the local church’s ministry. James 1:27 calls us all to action; Just a $150 is enough to train a widow for six months and equip her with a sewing machine with a little start up capital. Your help may just bring back hope and dignity to widows like Elizabeth.
Your fellow servant in God’s ministry,
Remmy Hamapande, Africa/Zambia Program Director
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