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By Helen Greene
Development & Communications Associate

Mother’s Day is a time to honor the women in our lives who inspire us to achieve our greatest potential. We are constantly inspired by the mothers who participate in our programs who are breaking the cycle of poverty to improve their children’s education, health, nutrition, and future.

Globally, mothers living in extreme poverty face severe challenges, particularly in maternal and child health. According to The State of the World’s Mothers, the countries in which we work rank among the bottom of the 179 countries analyzed. India is among the worst countries for mothers, ranking 140 out of 179 countries, but Guatemala and Nicaragua aren’t far behind with rankings of 129 and 102, respectively. Burkina Faso ranks a dismal 166, compared to the United States ranking of 33.

Trickle Up focuses overwhelmingly on women, and mothers, because of the far-reaching effects that empowering women has for entire families and communities.

Nacanabo Bibata from Tebla, Burkina Faso:

NACANABO Bibata Tebla ADEFAD (8)

Nacanabo, 52, has seven children to support could not provide enough food for her large household before she started the Trickle Up program. As her family’s crops rarely sufficed for food, Nacanabo worked in dangerous conditions at a nearby gold mine and her daughters were unable to attend school because of the family’s poverty.

After joining Trickle Up, Nacanabo has started a business selling grilled ground peas outside of the gold mines. As her business takes off and she begins to save more in her savings group, she hopes to buy a sheep, provide regular meals for her family, and pay for her children’s education.

“I feel my life has already begun to change since I am in the program to get out of poverty. I want my children to study well in school to become teachers in the future and to look after us.” – Nacanabo

Read her full story here: http://trickleup.org/portfolio/my-life-has-already-begun-to-change/

Santoshi Rajoar from Purulia, India:

Santoshi family

Before she joined Trickle Up’s program, Santoshi’s husband contracted tuberculosis and couldn’t work. In order to take care of him and her two children, Santoshi had to take high-interest loans and migrate to find paid work in brick kilns. Her children had to travel with her, making it impossible for them to attend school.

Santoshi used her Trickle Up grant to open a grocery store. After growing her business, she purchased a sewing machine to increase and diversify her income. Due to her extra, stable income, Santoshi no longer has to migrate for work and she can afford to send her children to school.  After participating in our gender justice project, she discusses gender-related issues, like domestic violence, child marriage, and equality with her savings group. As a result, her perspective on her children has changed: she sees her daughter and son as equals and won’t let her daughter marry before age 18.

Santoshi wants to make sure her daughter never feels as though she is another person’s property and wants to ensure she has the same opportunities as her brother.

Read her full story here: http://trickleup.org/portfolio/breaking-barriers-to-education-and-equality/

Victoria Tiul from Pozo Seco, Guatemala:

Victoria Tiul and her son Selvin, who has a disability, are featured in a new video that premiered at our 2016 gala. We’ll let them share their own story of how starting a business selling chicken meat and opening a store has transformed their family’s life and Selvin’s future.

“I have seen my son Selvin change from sitting around, being so sad, to a happy boy who is busy at home and school.” – Victoria

Read her full story here: http://trickleup.org/portfolio/a-stable-future/

This Mother’s Day, instead of sending flowers or a card, consider honoring and thanking your mother by bringing hope to a mother living in extreme poverty. Donate today.