Today, I am a happy man since my dream came true. Now I have a place to call home thanks to MPA.
Meet Leo and Lydia who, after being evicted, were homeless, jobless and malnourished. Leo and Lydia were living on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya, with their four children ages 2, 7, 13 and 14. Their new “home” was a sheet hung over a tree where they kept all their belongings.
Nine months ago, Leo met and joined an MPA group of men who called themselves “the old man’s group,” who shared the heavy burden of providing for their families. As an MPA group, the men were learning how to save and run a business.
When his MPA group learned that Leo was homeless, they pooled their resources and found temporary housing for the family. They gave him a small loan to begin a business. As his electrician business grew, and he paid back his original loan, Leo was allowed to take a second loan to buy land and start building a home.
Now, within nine months, Leo has moved his family into a safe dwelling; his children are in school; and Lydia has joined a women’s MPA group. Inspired by her husband, Lydia is receiving training and will soon start her own small business with a microfinancing loan.
Because of MPA, a family is no longer homeless; a father is able to support his family; and “the old man’s group” – and MPA – have a success story to share.
When you donate to MPA you are helping people like Leo, Lydia, and 25,000 others who have benefited from MPA programs. You help people restore their dignity as they pull themselves out of poverty.
Over the last 16 years MPA has made great strides in helping people achieve sustainable livelihoods. Yet, there are still many people like Leo who are living in extreme poverty. In addition to providing loans, we are growing projects “The MPA Way” by providing training and programs in areas including livestock, clean water, maternal health, and education.
As 2022 ends we reflect on the number of people whom we have helped. It has been challenging work, but when a child goes from living on the street to having a home and attending school, every effort is worth it.
We need YOU to help us continue lifting people out of extreme poverty. Please consider a significant gift to MPA this holiday season. Your gift will give people a chance to have a better life, to have a home of their own, to send their children to school, to have a steady source of family income, to lift themselves out of poverty and to restore their dignity.
Your continued support of MPA gives so many people life!