To honor great milestones made by women, March 8th has been set aside as International Women’s Day. Today, we want to honor Esther for her leadership and resilience. Before Esther joined our guardian’s empowerment program, she lived in abject poverty. She was a widow and unemployed, with two young children to take care of.
Esther joined our first Sewing Program for Guardians, begun in 2016. The goal in all our guardian programs is to empower the women of the community to become self sustaining and able to care for their families. She graduated last year and began sewing and selling her garments in the marketplace each Saturday.
Today, Esther’s and her children’s life has been totally transformed! She is able to care for her children with her new skills, but more than that, she has become a leader and an inspiration for other guardians. She sparked a revolution the day she first stepped on her sewing machine and inspired other guardians to use their sewing skills as a tool to fight abject poverty.
Esther’s life is a testament to God’s goodness. Nowadays, her face always glows with joy when she is narrating to everyone how God used Project 82 to transform her life. Esther would never have imagined that she would be able to care for herself and her family with her own business. Her agility to bounce back and having control over her life shows the importance of empowering women. When women can care for their families, they can break the cycle of poverty for themselves and for their children. Education and job training is the key. Project 82 proudly stands with woman worldwide who are fighting to change their lives, their families lives, and their children’s futures.