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.
Victoria & Selvin
Victoria: “You can never understand what it feels like to start each day without anything to eat.”
Victoria: “When my son Selvin was born, he seemed healthy. But he could not move. He did not take his first steps until he was four. I was so worried for his future. Because of his disabilities, he would never be able to work in the fields to make a living.”
Selvin: “When I started school, I had a really hard time. My schoolmates would make fun of me, bully me or trip me up. I felt discouraged and sad. But this year I am feeling more hopeful.”
Victoria: “With our initial Trickle Up grant we bought 100 pounds of chicken meat which was a very good product to sell. We were trained to invest our profits so we decided to open a store where Selvin can help. I have seen my son Selvin change from sitting around, being so sadm to being a happy boy who is busy at home and school.”
Selvin: “Every day after school I go straight to work at the store. First I open my accounting book and write down the date. I keep track of everything I’ve bought, especially the chickens, and everything I sell.”
Victoria: “Now my children always have something to eat. And this is the new home we have built with more space to live and a good tin roof over our heads. I’m especially happy that I’ve learned how to save. And now, even though the Trickle Up cycle is finished, I am still saving on my own. I use the money for my family, and for investing in our business. We recently bought a refrigerator. We only have one last payment to make on it. And now we want to buy a motorcycle so my husband can travel further and deliver even more chicken meat. Selvin has learned how to run the store. Even after we’re gone I know that he will be able to earn a living.”
Selvin: “I want to finish school and I want a bigger store. Someday I will buy a piece of land close to the road so I will always have a business, and it will grow.”
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.