Cantwell Lihanda traveled to Moshi last year in August and met 3 ladies and one gentleman who are working hard to make ends meet even though they live in conditions of extreme poverty.
Cantwell met with Mama Amani, a widow who struggles to feed her entire family. Among the family members is her sister, who is mentally challenged and who has two daughters under her care. Mama Amani received a grant of $500 to help boost her business of buying cloth material from Dar es Salaam, sewing clothes and selling them in a local market in Moshi town.
Janet Bosco currently is their leader who also received $500 to boost her business of selling ready made clothes. She is a single mother of two. She says she is doing very well, her business has grown and she has been able to pay forward to one person already.
Mary Mogela is a lady who ails from a strange disease. Her stomach has been swollen for more than ten years. She cannot move or work. She depends on people for food and upkeep. She received a grant of $500 and her sister-in-law started a grocery business which is doing very well now. She is able to continue to feed Mary and has paid forward as a group with the rest of the participants to ten poor people.
Ashrifu Rajabu is a widower with two children. He was selling groundnuts from door to door. With a grant of $500, he started selling shoes from door to door. He currently still sells both ground nuts as well as the shoes.
Together they have paid forward to 10 poor people who have also started small business to sustain themselves.