When Baindu first returned home from the Nyandiama Refugee Camp after the Sierra Leonean civil war was over, she found her village no longer existed. With little food and four children to feed, her husband abandoned her. Baindu and her children had to squeeze into the one building left standing, along with all the other women and children in the village.
“When OVP arrived, that is when we began putting the pieces of our village back together… I was able to put up a small structure for my five children and aging mother thanks to the roofing materials provided by OVP. In 2010, OVP provided me and four other women with an income-generating small business loan. We used the $250 to buy palm oil when the market was low and resold it when the market was higher. We made all our loan payments. That provided me with the money to begin a business on my own. I sell dried fish, onions, vegetables, salt and sugar.
“OVP also offered my son a scholarship to get his teaching certificate, and today he teaches in the local primary school. Because of OVP, my son went to school and has productive work, I have a business and my family has a home. I could not have survived without the generosity of OneVillage Partners.”