by Prossy Nyafono
Benjamin House Ministries Storyteller
This is Annet Nambi. Annet is a single mother of six living in Ntinda. She is also a small business owner and runs a small restaurant along Kigoowa Road in Kampala, Uganda, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner to her clients.
When we met Annet in 2017, three of her children -- Shamirah Nalukwago, Shamim Nackchwa, and Sharifah Namuli -- had been chosen for sponsorship and she was working as a food vendor in the city. The hours and the distance kept her from spending hardly any time with her youngest children.
Annet's sponsored daughters: Shamirah Nalukwago, Shamim Nackchwa, and Sharifah Namuli
Annet shared that when her BHM child advocate, Susan, emphasized the need for closer involvement between Annet and her children; Annet began contemplating finding work or starting a business closer home. She found a space, saved up, and with a loan of 800,000 UGX (about $218 USD) Annet finally stepped up to the challenge of opening her own business! She put up a makeshift structure and stocked it with the most essential items to kickstart her restaurant.
It's been 1 month now and Annet says she is able to monitor her children all day, repay a weekly fee to clear the loan, and even makes enough money to save with the Parents of Sponsored Children in Ntinda savings group.
Child Sponsorship doesn't simply put a child in school. It gives our child advocates an opportunity to share what Christ-like parenting looks like. Without child sponsorship, Annet may never have considered changing her job and starting a business in order to better pursue her family. We are so grateful to be a part of stories like hers and cannot wait for the day when her family becomes fully self-sufficient!
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