A single woman in her late thirties, Baindu Joseph was left alone because she could not bear children. She eked out a living by farming a small plot of land by herself. Because she had no husband, no children, and little income, she had a low social standing in her village. Life was very difficult.
In 2009, OneVillage Partners’ staff identified Baindu as a potential leader. With training and a small loan, she started her own business selling clothing and living essentials. With continued encouragement, she grew this into a shop on the main road. The only woman-owned shop around, Baindu now has several thousand dollars of inventory, sustainable relationships with several distributors in the area, and a monthly income sufficient to support herself and the children of her deceased sister.
“Over the last few years, I have worked very hard to build my own business. I now own the biggest shop in town. Usually this would be impossible for a single woman who cannot have children and is without a husband. OVP assisted me by giving me a small loan, business planning tools, and most importantly, the confidence for me to do what I never dreamed was possible. Now I help other women to do the same.” Today Baindu is a leader in her community, having started a large group of women called themselves Peace Mothers, who run small income-generating projects to support their children’s education.