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Stories Lydia

“My name is Lydia, I’m 41 years old and I live with three of my children – Ridwan (15), Rambu (10) and Kudu (3).”Two years ago, my husband died suddenly from a heart attack, while I slept beside him. He managed our small farm, selling vegetables in the market and buying and selling cattle. After his death, I struggled to grow sufficient vegetables to earn enough to support my family. My kids couldn't go to school because I wasn't able to pay the tuition fees and they often went hungry. It broke my heart. I had to figure out how I would take care of my kids without my husband.”

Island: Sumba
Country: Indonesia
Loan Use: Opened a small kiosk

“My name is Lydia, I’m 41 years old and I live with three of my children – Ridwan (15), Rambu (10) and Kudu (3).”

“Two years ago, my husband died suddenly from a heart attack, while I slept beside him. He managed our small farm, selling vegetables in the market and buying and selling cattle. After his death, I struggled to grow sufficient vegetables to earn enough to support my family. My kids couldn't go to school because I wasn't able to pay the tuition fees and they often went hungry. It broke my heart. I had to figure out how I would take care of my kids without my husband.”

Lydia received a small loan of Rp. 3,000,000 (A$293), enabling her to buy stock for a kiosk. The kiosk gave her a regular income and supplemented what she earned from her farm. She now earns enough to buy nutritious food, send her children to school and save a small amount each week.

“Before I didn’t have a shop, I carried a heavy burden. But now the burden is gone. With this shop, I can now meet my family’s daily needs. Sending my children to school is what motivates me. I have a dream that someday my children will have a good job so they can take care of others.”

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