Widows

For Phibi, a program graduate in Nigeria, a small savings bank made from mud clay represents the power she has to change her life – and the life of her daughter, too.

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When her husband died suddenly a few years ago, Roseline, age 50, knew she needed to find a way to support their eight children on her own.

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“She found me empty, but left me a totally different person,” says Francoise Niyodusaba about Jane Abatoni, her life skills trainer. “She inspired me to hope again and feel alive again.”

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When Remzije lost her husband at a young age and was left to raise their five children alone, she never imagined she would become a local business leader.

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After losing her husband at a very young age, Remzije Berisha was left alone with her five children and without any income or support.

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I am 38 years old. There was no happiness in my childhood. When I was six years old, my brother lost a dog-fighting match and started fighting with my cousin which led to my cousin’s death.

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Awham remembers the year the war started in Iraq, and the additional hardships she faced after her husband fell ill and lost his job. “I was left to care for my four children with no income.

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Kadire Tahiraj is a mother of three, and lives with her husband and children in a small two room house.

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Beatrice is a widow raising five children, including two girls and three boys. “I heard about Women for Women from my sister who graduated from the programme six years ago.

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Antoinette Uwimana serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Rwanda, where she manages programmes that have served more than 75,000 women since 1997.

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