In the Central African Republic (CAR), 75 per cent of women are unable to read and write. This makes it hard for them to find work and be taken seriously in their communities. But your prayers and support have made it possible for thousands of women to be empowered, changing not only their lives but also the communities around them.
In 2017, Tearfund launched an appeal for CAR, and the UK government committed to match the amount raised. Here are some of the incredible stories of lives changed as a result of your generosity.
Therese lives in Bangui with her children and two grandchildren. She lost her husband ten years ago, and since then has not had enough money for the everyday essentials.
‘I really struggled, we did not have enough,’ says Therese. ‘I was too old and did not have an education or any other skills to apply for a job.’
But things were about to change for Therese and other women in her community.
Tearfund set up self-help groups, where women can discuss their needs and work together on solutions. Therese joined with 24 women from her neighbourhood and received training in business skills and practical help to start a business.
Our local partners are also teaching women how to read, write and count so they can successfully run their businesses and earn an income.
‘I started really small, but with encouragement from my family and the savings group, I was able to keep going,’ says Therese.
‘I really thank God. With the profit I get, I am able to take care of my family. What I am most proud of is that I have a plan. I know where I am going. I keep all my business records in my notebook, I can count my profits, I can see what works and what does not, and plan accordingly. I feel like a real businesswoman!’