In efforts to foster sustainable systems that help local communities meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. The Wezesha project strengthened local organizations so that they are able to conduct needs assessments, make referrals and provide direct services for orphans and vulnerable children, as well as the families with whom they live.
Hilda AdhiamboMbuya a caregiver, served by the project under Oyugis Project CBO; Helida has six OVC (5M, 1F) under her care and she was registered in the project during inception of the project. The caregiver has two male OVC under care10 and 11 years respectively and has been working hard to ensure they observe adherence and get enough food.
She says, “It is through Wezesha that I joined a caregiver support group “WuothmosolooReto”. I didn’t have any form of business, but through the group we met weekly and made contributions as members and later on started loaning. I started my rope business with Ksh. 300 that was a loan from the savings group.” She was spotted during the monthly household visits by the CHV as a potential candidate for support for start-up stock as her dream was to expand her business. Wezesha supported with Ksh. 2000 and she purchased more materials to make her ropes for sale and also began selling “salad” oil to the neighboring villagers. She then realized that with oil business she was making a loss due to continuous debts from the villagers and decided to fully concentrate on the rope business.
She has since joined another savings group in the market that consists of business women selling ropes where they save 400 every week and support each other. “Apart from the school fees I pay for these kids in Primary school, I have been able to pay school fees too for my son in form 3 and my elder son has been able to complete a teaching course at Asumbi Teachers Training College this year” She said as she smiled.