In Quibdo, Colombia, Jency (pictured left) has a bright future thanks to her mother’s hard work and your generosity to ELCA World Hunger.
It wasn’t so long ago that Jency’s mother, Aida, and her friends Jenny and Vianney were driven from their villages by guerrilla raids and made their way to the city.
Through your gifts, the three women learned how to run a small business – and now the customers of their spa, Tesoro de la Selva (Treasure of the Forest), enjoy the natural products the women make, as well as the flowers they grow.
“Women have to work and care for our families, even with the stigmatism of being displaced,” says Jenny. Aida is pleased with the organizing and business training she and her friends received, saying, “This is a huge success. We were helped with personal growth, how to run a business and made aware of our rights as women.”
Vianney sums it up: “Our quality of life and the lives of our families improve,” she says. “Without this business and income, life would be very difficult.”
The women are constantly improving their products and services. They are also looking forward to certifying their products for sale in mainline supermarkets and stores. Thanks to your gifts to ELCA World Hunger, Jency and children like her can look forward to a more secure future.
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Photo credit: Mikka McCracken/ELCA