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MicroAid Family Stories 2012

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Read the stories of MicroAid family members and their community partners in MicroAid Family Stories 2012 on how your donation could help. Or click here to download the pdf file.

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Children always give hope

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Children always give hope

What do you think when you see the eyes of the children who want to learn and play with their friends at school. Meet the children below as Amber Beresford did in Wailiti village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Children always give hope. Here we saw a lot of hope. We help their parents to have the skills so they can send their own children to school, with their own money.  After MicroAid Projects training and selling their products, such as woven bags and purses and fermented banana drinks, now they can develop their lives through their own hard work, some new business skills thanks to MicroAid and perseverance.

Amber, one of regular donors MicroAid Projects, with children in Wailiti village during her visit in May 2011

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A new light from discarded plastic bottles

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See how a simple technology can help lives of low income families. 
Not a MicroAid project but a great idea!
Do you have a creative idea like this that we can share with others?
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Life becomes easier through the family vegetable garden

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Meta, one of Fransiska’s daughters, is wateringkale seeds using a hose pipe purchased from the results of the vegetableharvest of rural cabbages (collard) and broccoli. All are happy because it iseasier to water the plants using a water hose, no need to use the bucket.

We live and manage the family vegetable garden In Wailiti village, Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is currently the end of dry season and will coming to rainy season soon so we need a lot of water for watering the plants. We have also just finished planting spinach seeds.

Praise God, from the harvest result of cabbage and broccoli we grew on the same land, and with additional funding we get from MicroAid, then we can buy a new water pump. This allows us to water our plants. We are all happy because it is easier to water the plants using a water hose, no need to use a bucket that we had to take water from far away.

Again and again, we are grateful for the grace of God. All has become much easier now. Easy to water the plants because we use a water hose, easy to care for the garden because the whole family helped and easy sell our harvest because buyers come directly to our gardens to buy the crop.

Fransiska and four other housewives with the help of their children are currently busy taking care of vegetable gardens run by the family. In January 2011, they only manage a vegetable garden area of 100 m2 which planted only cabbages. Because so many were interested in the results of the vegetable garden, now they have added to their garden area up to 400 m2 with kale, collards and broccoli. Thank you MicroAid and the Toby Beresford family, who came to visit us last year.
Read the full project report here

If you want to buy our crops, please visit to our village…

Fransiska and family group,
Wailiti village, Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

 

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My first sewing stall

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I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Maliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely.

My name is Marselina, I live with my two children who are still in school in the Public Elementary Schools in Magepanda village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Since August 2011 I have started receiving orders to sew women clothes and tablecloths.

I was sewing a tablecloth. Meliana (my friend who lent her sewing tools) is being guided me

I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Meliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely. The training that we followed on June 2011 was Sewing Practical. In the training we learned how to sew and use embroidery machine.

One week after training, we held a bazaar in front of the Church where we worship together every Sunday. In the bazaar we sold out all of our results of our training, such as tablecloths, flags and pastries made by other groups. For my group, we made US $34 from the sale of 6 tablecloths. Then we put the money into a savings group to help buy more materials using micro-credit loans to our members.

I initiated borrowing money $11 from the group as my sewing business capital. I bought yarns and sewing equipment such as needles, scissors, measuring instruments and others. I will return the loan to be repaid over 4 months plus interest of 1%. While sewing tools (not machine) I borrowed from my friend Marselina, whose kind mother lends me her tools every Saturday and Sunday.

I (red t-shirt) and my friends are following the sewing training

On average every month I received 10 orders from neighbors in the village to sew tablecloths. One tablecloth I sell at a price of $6 with net profit of about $3. So in one month I can earn approximately $30. This money is pretty huge for me because previously I did not make any money myself. My husband is a motorcycle taxi driver in the village.

I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. Thanks to MicroAid Projects donors who gave the chance for me and my friends to do the training and become business women with the first sewing stall in our village.

Loving greetings, Marselina

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