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This Lent, help to ensure that people living in extreme poverty don’t have to face it alone.

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‘Let’s lift each other up’

Poverty can be a lonely place, as Emerance knows all too well. A serious illness left her unable to do the farming work on which so many people in Rwanda depend. ‘My shoulder muscles were destroyed,’ she tells us. ‘My neck and the area surrounding the spine are all weak… I can barely do anything.’

Unable to provide for her family, she felt lonely and trapped in her poverty. But then she discovered a lifeline.

Emerance joined a self-help group for people living with disabilities called ‘Let’s lift each other up’. These groups empower people to overcome their challenges together.

The group saved together to buy a knitting machine, as well as pay for someone to teach them how to use it. Now, they are able to make and sell clothes for a profit – giving Emerance a life-changing source of income. She was able to buy a cow, something she couldn’t have dreamed of before, giving her a valuable source of milk.

Her story is inspiring. Yet so many more people around the world are where she used to be – trapped in poverty. You can empower them to lift themselves out.

There's still time to beat poverty together this Lent.

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Together against the odds

This pandemic has taught us that we need each other – we all need a safety net.

Coronavirus has pushed even more people in Rwanda into poverty. ‘Due to Covid-19… we couldn’t sell in markets like we used to,’ shares Emerance. ‘The lockdown and the closure of markets made things worse.’

Yet self-help groups are helping communities to push back. ‘I borrowed money [from the group], which I used to meet basic needs,’ says Emerance. ‘I never lacked money to buy soap, for example.’

Tearfund works with local churches and other partners to run self-help groups like this around the world. And when disasters strike, self-help groups ensure that the most vulnerable are not left behind.

Poverty isn’t part of God’s plan. You are. Emerance’s story shows us how lives can be transformed when we work together. Please give a gift this Lent to help people around the world get the support they need to overcome poverty and flourish.

Lent Appeal

This Lent, help ensure that people living in extreme poverty don’t have to face it alone.

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