Cynthia’s Story

Cynthia lives with HIV/AIDS and joined the Mirror of Hope (MOH) Women’s Empowerment Program in 2011. Through the program, Cynthia received psycho-social support and education.

Importantly, Cynthia also received business training which was instrumental in providing the skills to run a successful business and to acquire a small loan. Prior to joining the Mirror of Hope Women’s Empowerment Program, Cynthia was constantly begging for food and handouts. She was also suffering various ailments as a result of her HIV status. Through sharing with other women in the program and finding the best counselling through her program peers, Cynthia now enjoys good health and at the same time has had her dignity restored through being able to create a means of living in her business selling fish. Another advantage of the program was that Cynthia was able to place her children in the MOH school holiday program thereby ensuring they were cared for during term break.

Cynthia reports that her life as a Mirror of Hope member is one of joy and hope. She believes that without the program she would not have been able to stand on her own feet. Her training has assisted her in managing a successful business that caters for basic family needs such as food, rent and clothing. Cynthia is also saving money in her Mirror of Hope savings and lending peer group. Cynthia’s goal is to buy land and build a house for her family. She believes that through the support of staff and peers in the Mirror of Hope Women’s Empowerment Program, she will one day have a home she can call her own.

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