ROSE Women’s Foundation is a community of hundreds of women and children building brighter futures. Here are some of our stories. ROSE women are proud leaders and living examples of hope in the destitute community of Mathare Slum, Nairobi, Kenya.
“ROSE taught me how to save, and grow my business”
Jane is our head of ROSE Women’s Businesses and a chairlady of the UWEZO business group. When she first joined ROSE, her community was broken, she couldn’t pay her children’s school fees, her children often went hungry, and she did not know how her faith in Jesus could uplift her from poverty. Jane, like many women of ROSE joined this community for hope and an opportunity to build a brighter future.
Through ROSE consultative and financial startup support, Jane grew her business from $0 in savings in 2016 to $750 of savings today in 2018. She employs 15 women from the local community and they sell the breakfast food, chapati for 10 cents each.
Jane mentors women on how to conduct successful business review meetings, trains new chairladies on how to jumpstart their businesses, and leads ROSE women to access and mobilise resources. She dreams of ROSE growing to thousands of women in her community and opening and restaurant.
“ROSE gave me the confidence to pay my children’s school fees”
Margaret is a single mother of 4 children and is a member of the Yours is Yours group selling beans in this picture. Prior to joining ROSE, she saw no future for her children because she couldn’t run her business and keep them in school. She was working from 16 hours daily to feed her family, pay rent, and keep her business alive.
ROSE gave opportunity to work in a trusted community of mothers like her, that empowered her to take a loan to pay school fees. After paying back that loan she learned how to save in a group and plan strategically for a brighter future. Margaret took another loan to open a shop where she stores her materials and has successfully grown her beans and rice business to turn a profit.
Martin was the first Mercy Giving beneficiary of ROSE Women’s Foundation. Every year we sponsor one of the neediest people in the local community for extreme emergency, medical, life conditions.
Martin Onyango, a 30 year-old mechanic was in a bomb accident in 2012 on his way home from work. The results left him with these metal bars in his leg and unable to provide for his family. Shortly after the accident, he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and abandoned by his family.
ROSE Women’s Foundation petitioned to the local private hospital to have 100% of his medical treatment covered and raised a $2,000 life support fund that empowered him to buy rentable paint equipment and start a business. He learned to save and plan for the future empowering him to build a house a year later.
Today, Martin walks normally, has a job and is reconnected with his family. This started the ROSE partnership with a local organisation WOFAK: Women Fighting Aids in Kenya to provide support to members.