This scarf is not made by hand. It’s made by ambition, on a machine, bought with savings, that was earned with profit. It’s made by going further.
The Mothers of Barbe Village
On a recent trip to Mali, West Africa, Trickle Up President Bill Abrams was fortunate to meet a savings group in the village of Barbe.
Many of these women are proud mothers who, as a result of their Trickle Up supported businesses, can now afford to send their children to school.
Interviewer: “How many children do you have?”
Interviewer: “She got six.”
Interviewer: “How many attend school?”
Interviewer: “Well done, that’s a lot of work! 4 out of 6. For a Fulani lady (an African ethnic group), this is not common!”
Woman: “We’ve noticed a change. In the past we couldn’t give our children pocket money for school. We couldn’t give them clothes, shoes, books, and other basic school supplies. Now we can.”
Interviewer and Bill: “How many children do you have and what ages?”
Woman: “I have two going to school. I am responsible for encouraging these mothers to send their children to school. I go from house to house and identify children that are of age to go to school. And I give their names to the school master.”
Poverty is isolation. It is hunger and instability. It’s a cycle that’s hard to break. That’s why we work harder. We work smarter on the plan and on the ground. We go further.
Mungli Lohar is a leader in her community. She has partnered with Trickle Up to teach women in her community how to use smartphones to lift them out of poverty.