We first met Nathalie in 2017 on Action Kivu’s organic farm, where she was working a plot of land with her mother, Rose.
Nathalie is one of nine children, and the fourth of eight girls. Her parents could not afford to send their kids to school, and when her father died, Nathalie’s mother started working on the farm, to grow healthy food to feed her family and sell at the market.
Fast forward to 2018, and Nathalie has been working hard at Action Kivu’s Sewing Workshop, determined to create a better life for herself and her family. “I was envious of the women who had graduated from here,” she said. “I wanted to be like them: strong, empowered women.”
Speaking about the community she has found in her sewing school, she said, “being here, learning from others, having them learn from me, mutual collaboration is community.”
Nathalie is ready to graduate, and we’re raising the funds to buy her and her fellow students each a sewing kit, complete with a Singer sewing machine, to start their own businesses, and to be like Bahati, Class of 2017, who is already earning enough income to care for her six children, and to have purchased a second machine, to teach her own students!
From December 10th to the 15th, 2018, Action Kivu is hosting a giveaway to raise the funds to graduate 42 students and continue our life-changing programs in Congo. Visit ActionKivu.org/giveaway to learn more, and donate!