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Joan did not believe her children would be able to make it out of the slums and she was beginning to lose hope.

Joan did not believe her children would be able to make it out of the slums and she was beginning to lose hope. Kibera is a slum in Nairobi, Kenya filled with tiny shacks on dirt roads and ridden with crime, joblessness and sexual violence. For a mother with three children and minimal skills, Joan found herself in a difficult situation.

It was then that Joan discovered Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), an organization that combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in slums.  In addition to free health clinics, access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education, SHOFCO also has several community empowerment programs. Two of which are an Economic Empowerment Program and a Group Savings and Loan Program, which is how Joan honed her skills and learned valuable information about running her own business.
 
Through the Group Savings and Loan Program, Joan was able to borrow money to buy a sewing machine, fabric and a space to begin a tailoring business
 
By taking these steps Joan has been able to pay her children’s school fees and provide her family with three balanced meals a day. Thanks to her new skills and successful business Joan now has hope and believes there is a bright future ahead for her children.
 
Learn more about SHOFCO at shofco.org
 
Written by Anthony Petruzzelli 
 
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