Patience is One in a Million

In her rural village in Ghana, Patience Ameyaw did what every other young woman in her village did: marry, have children, and work every day to feed them.

To help her family, Patience used a foot-powered sewing machine to make simple shirts and skirts that she sold to others in her village. She couldn’t afford to buy anything fancier than plain cotton fabric—zippers and buttons, which would make her clothes more valuable, were out of the question. Still, the few pennies she earned on each sale were desperately needed in her household.

Then Life Changed

Patience heard that a group of women in her village were joining Freedom from Hunger’s Credit with Education program. Patience joined the group and received her first loan, the equivalent of $100. With it she bought a small electric sewing machine and a generator. She started working faster and earning greater profits with the improved quality and quantity of the clothes she made. Three years and six loans later, Patience has three machines and employs three apprentices. Inspired by Patience’s example, two of the apprentices have already established their own small businesses.

Reflecting on the sisterhood that has formed in her community, Patience said, “The other women help, too. The dressmakers encouraged me to save more and we talk about what our customers want. e help each other even though we W are in the same business.”

Patience has made the most of the learning sessions provided at her regular group meetings. My favorite was about malaria. I did not know “ where malaria came from and about nets. Now my children and my husband and I sleep under nets.”

Patience’s life has been transformed because of the support of caring people like you. Through the loyal contributions of our donors, Freedom from Hunger is delivering self-help solutions to over 1.4 million women and their families around the world.

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