An estimated eight million widows comprise nearly 15-percent of Kenya’s population. This forgotten and overlooked group faces many challenges and social stigma; widows didn’t even show up on the census until 2019.
Thanks to Kenya Hope, widows in rural Kenya are rewriting their future.
“Some of our widows used to have day jobs in Kibera, which is the largest slum in Nairobi. Now, they don’t even do that anymore because the funds they are making [using] the skills we taught them are completely supporting their family and then some,” Kenya Hope co-founder Joy Mueller says.
Many women in rural Kenya depend on their husband’s income. When their husband dies, it’s difficult for widows to make it alone. Widows with small children face even more challenges. Trade training gives widows an opportunity to meet daily needs and plan for the future.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage widows in Kenya.
- Pray widows will hear the Gospel and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.