Hello from The Ebongalethu Educare Center!
In the latest update I received from Byron, I learned that there’s been some happy news for our friends in South Africa–the government has given Gladys land for the Educare Center!
Since Gladys first opened The EEC, she had been running it out of her very own home–she saw a need for a safe and nurturing environment for local children to stay while their parents go to neighboring cities to work and decided to fulfill that need. You can see from previous updates and photos that her entire house became the center: one room was filled with cribs and mats for naps, there was another room with tables and chairs for classes, special events took place in the living room, the kitchen was where they had their meals, and the outside of her home was painted with colorful and fun flowers, the alphabet, and numbers. Opening her home and her heart is such a tremendous act of generosity, compassion, and kindness by Gladys. For someone who does so much for others, it’s nice to hear that she is able to have her home back and space to herself again.
The new land was not too far and they have already built a new center on it–here are some photos!
Both the original and new center are located within Motherwell, a town located in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Motherwell is a part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. Here are some Google Earth shots so you can see where Motherwell is and where the old and new locations are for The EEC:
I hope you enjoyed learning more about The EEC and what has been going on over there! I also wanted to say a big thank you to all the customers and retailers who provided The EEC with meals through Atiliay’s Valentine’s Day Cards For A Cause! It is because of you that supporting Ebongalethu is possible.
I’m looking forward to sharing another update with you very soon!
How the donations work: Every other month Atiliay makes a credit card donation to Food4Africa.org that benefits The EEC. The donation covers 2 months worth of food for the center which amounts to 1 meal per day for up to 60 children–that’s 2,000 meals per month and 24,000 meals per year. 100% of all credit card donations goes directly to the program to purchase specially formulated packages of nutritious oatmeal. Byron from partnering organization, Miracle Meals Trust, delivers the packets to The EEC and checks in on how Gladys and the children are doing. Byron is also the one who sends me photos and keeps me up to date on what’s been happening there!
Learn more about The Ebongalethu Educare Center.
These Love PDFs are now available with 100% of profits supporting ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, and the very important work they do! I was planning on releasing this collection when all the pieces were complete but really felt the call to act now.
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Here is a list of other artists and makers who are supporting ACLU and other important organizations with their talents (if you know of anyone I should add to this list, please comment here or email me at hello(at)atiliay.com):
Angie of Five 15 // All orders today (1/29/17) support ACLU
Genevieve Santos // Illustrated “Love Always Wins” Downloadable Poster // All proceeds to be donated to Planned Parenthood
Jenna of The Paper Wilderness // Ilustrated “We Grab Back” Postcards // All profits to be donated to ACLU & NRDC
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Byron, my contact for The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool & Nursery, sent me photos from last month’s porridge delivery! I hope you enjoy the photos and thank you for helping to provide these little ones with a nutritious meal!
The kiddos checking out the packages of porridge!
This is Gladys, the amazing founder of The Ebongalethu Educare Center! She is now in her 60s and runs the entire place with the help of three wonderful ladies.
This lovely little girl is 3 year old Anelisa. I have been told that she is the sweetest and has the most amazing nature about her! She was born with some conditions and needs special care. Gladys and the ladies that work with her are doing the best they can with the resources they have. So far, Byron has learned from Gladys that Anelisa needs to have an operation on her palate because when she eats some of the food comes out of her nose. The entrance way to her ears are almost completely closed so she can barely hear anything. She would need to learn sign language to be able to communicate properly. Byron has been trying to get through to her doctor to see what exactly she needs to live a comfortable and healthy life. Anelisa is currently receiving therapy elsewhere and Byron is trying to find out what that entails as well to see what they can do to help. I am sending lots of positive thoughts to this wonderful child and the wonderful people who are helping her–I know she is in good hands with Gladys and Byron at The EEC.
Live, laugh, love–great advice on this cutie’s shirt!
Thanks to your Father’s Day card orders this year as well as repayments from previous Father’s Day Cards For A Cause Campaigns, Atiliay is able to fund 17 new Kiva microloans for dads around the world! I really enjoy the process of reading each loan applicant’s story and sharing them with you. There’s a few things I look for when I am lending: 1) The applicant must be a father 2) The loan is for the father’s business (not a personal loan) and 3) The business must not be harmful towards animals. Please read on to learn more about the 17 fathers we are lending to (text is taken from their Kiva profile):
From Left to Right: Adrianno, Azamjon, Benon, Damilo
Adrianno / Blacksmith / Encarnoncion, Paraguay Mr. Adriano is from the town of Encarnación and lives with his wife. They have a son for whom both strive to get ahead and provide a better quality of life. He is a blacksmith and says that he’s been working this trade for several years. Things are going well and he’s improving daily. He’s asking for this loan to buy iron so he can continue with his work.
Azamjon / Construction / Kostakos, Tajikistan Azamjon is a very hardworking and cheerful man. He is 46 years old and he lives in Kostakos County, Gafurov District with his wife and child. He is a decorator, working in construction. He paints and decorates people’s houses for money and receives income from his business. Mostly he works in the summer season. Sometimes he needs to go to other regions to work. That’s why he needs a car to get there. He wants to buy a car but he has money which is not enough to buy a vehicle. That’s why he is asking for a loan of 3000 TJS from MDO Arvand. He wants to use the loan to buy a vehicle and improve his business. He thanks Arvand for their cooperation in improving his life and business conditions.
Benon / Farming / Fort Portal, Uganda Benon is married and operates a business distilling a local beverage known as waragi. On realizing the lucrative nature of this business, he decided to go for it in order to earn money for personal development and to educate his children. To supplement his income he also farms bananas and other crops. His dream is to expand his banana plantation so as to increase the volume of his waragi production. The loan that Benon is requesting will be used to weed, prune, and mulch his banana plantation.
Danilo / Motorcycle Transport / Dinas, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental, Philippines Danilo owns and operates a motorcycle transport service to earn a living. He has been in his business for almost 10 years and earns well from this business. He successfully paid his previous loan which was used to repair his motorcycle. Now he is taking a new loan to buy motor accessories and to pay for the renewal of the motorcycle license. In the future, he wants to save more for the future of his children.
From Left to Right: Gelvin, Ghevond, Hugo, Hysen
Gelvin / Agriculture / Morazan, Yoro, Honduras Gelvin, 51, lives with his wife and two children in the municipality of Morazan, Yoro. For five years he has been producing coffee; he used to grow beans. His coffee plantation is in the rural area of a community produces and distributes excellent quality coffee beans. In an effort to improve his crop and harvests, Gelvin is requesting a loan in the amount of 7,000 HNL to buy supplies and formulas for his plantation. His plan is to continue improving his land and give his family all they need for a better quality of life.
Ghevond / Taxi / Gyumri, Armenia This is Ghevond, a 33-year-old taxi driver from Gyumri. Ghevond lives together with his mother, wife and two infant children. He provides their daily living on his own and tries very hard to support his kids with proper living conditions.
Ghevond started providing taxi service 18 months ago with his own car. Thanks to his politeness and safety, he has several loyal customers in his hometown. The only limitation is demand instability for his service. Ghevond requested this loan to be able to continue providing taxi service. He needs your financial support to pay for a renovation of his car and to purchase four new wheels. This will help him to provide safer and more comfortable service and to attract more clients. Ghevond is so thankful for your understanding and hopes for your help.
Hugo / Taxi / Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico, Mexico As of 6/26/16, Hugo’s loan is not fully funded! To make sure it gets funded, you can contribute here.
Hugo is a loving husband who has been a stable taxi driver for over 30 years. He is 59 years old and does his best to support his family and his wife often helps with the house expenses.
He is looking for a new start. He is wanting to remodel and provide his kids with a better lifestyle. He is looking for a loan of 5,000 MXN, which will allow him to renew his driving permit. The government is asking him to take a new one and the loan will allow him to afford it.
Hysen / Construction / Kosovo Hysen is a new client of our company requesting a loan in order to help him refresh his business with some working tools for his construction business. The amount that Hysen is applying is 650 Euro that will help him to enlarge his company. By taking this loan Hysen has planned to raise his business to another level by buying new tools that will help him improve construction work. He is married and has three children whom he is supporting with his construction company. Basically his idea and plan is also to improve kid’s school and social life and make a brighter future for them. He is a very hardworking and responsible person and the new loan would be of a very high impact on his family income.
From Left to Right: Issa, Mahmoud, Mario, Mauricio
Issa from Neisakuru Group / Decorations Sales / Makeni, Sierra Leone Neisakuru is a group that has come together to help themselves achieve their individual dreams by attaining a loan to improve their sales. Issa is the leader and the featured borrower for this group. Neisakuru is made up of five members requesting a total loan of SLL 10,000,000. Issa is to receive SLL 3,600,000 to purchase more decorations, flowers and textiles. Issa has sold flowers and textiles for the past 15 years. Issa is shown in the middle of the picture.
With this, they will be able to grow and improve the availability and accessibility of the business. Issa is a 61-year-old father with five children. He plans to save some of the proceeds of his business for his children’s education and welfare. He thanks you for supporting them.
Mahmoud / Soft Drinks & Juice / Ain Al Helwi, Lebanon Mahmoud is a 56-year-old Palestinian refugee, the married father of five children, and their sole breadwinner. He has been working as a taxi driver for 13 years to financially support his family, and improve their living. Living in a Palestinian camp limits refugees’ dreams of seeking a better income business. That’s why Mahmoud decided to start a new business for his son through an acquired loan from Al Majmoua. He will open for his son a juice-selling shop especially for the coming Holy Ramadan month, since juice is a main item on every food table during Ramadan.
He is looking forward to establishing his son’s business and hopes that his son will succeed in managing it properly in the future.
Mario / Used Clothing / Machava15, Mozambique Mario lives in a common-law marriage, and is the father of five children, out of whom four are still under his responsibility and attend primary and secondary school. He works as a security guard for a private company. He lives with his family in a house he owns.
With the requested amount, he will buy bales of used clothes for resale at the local market.
In the future, he plans to open a boutique to sell new clothes in large quantities.
Considering that two of his children will finish high school this years, he faces the challenge of funding their university studies.
Mauricio / Barber Shop / Medellin, Colombia Mauricio is 27 years old and lives in the municipality of Medellin. He has two children, a son and a daughter who are twins, and it has been a beautiful journey for him and a huge responsibility he has taken bravely. He started a barber shop back in 2006 so he could help his family and become more independent.
He dreams of paying for the best education he can for his children so he can give them a bright future. Regarding his business, he’s working harder so the sales can improve and so he can attract more clients to be more competitive. He’s asking for a loan so he can buy furniture for the barber shop so his clients can be more comfortable.
From Left to Right: Nana, Nestor, Samuel, Uriah
Nana / Food Production & Sales / Antsirabe, Madagascar As of 6/26/16, Nana’s loan is not fully funded! To make sure it gets funded, you can contribute here.
Nana is a bold entrepreneur. He is 48 years old and lives with his wife and five children in the outer area of Antsirabe. He works from his home where he has been able to develop a workshop to make groundnut oil. He has been with Vahatra for more than four years and has received several successive loans of increasing amounts. Because of this, he has been able to produce, package, and deliver his oil to different merchants in town.
Nana is very pleased with his success from the previous loan. He is grateful to the lenders for their support. Today, he wants to continue to produce groundnut oil to meet demand. This loan will be used to purchase 2,300 kg of groundnuts.
His goal is still to become a groundnut oil wholesaler. For the long term, he wants to have financial autonomy. The conditions for his family have improved.
Nestor / Retail / La Union, El Salvador Nestor has a sixth grade education. He is married and lives with his wife, a homemaker, and two little children who both attend school.
Nestor makes his living selling spices, combs, thread, needles, and other items. He goes out to the stores in the communities Monday to Saturdays to sell his wares. He started doing this work because he realized that it could be profitable, and this is how he earns income to support his family.
He will use the loan to purchase spices such as anise, cumin, mustard, pepper, cinnamon, etc. as well as combs, thread, and needles to continue selling.
His dream is to improve his home, and provide his children with what they need to be good people.
Samuel / Renewable Energy Products / Kenya Samuel is a 38 year father of two boys. He is very experienced in selling solar products as he has been working with 200 plus field officers for two years. Samuel’s motivation is creating a better Kenya for his children, and his research has shown that off-grid solar is the best way to expand this. He has experience in selling solar cook-stoves and briquettes in 10 different counties in Kenya.
He wants to work with One Degree Solar, to expand his solar initiatives in new communities. He wants to use his expertise and passion for solar to sell One Degree Solar’s lanterns and educate end-users on the benefits of using One Degree Solar’s products. One Degree Solar is very pleased to be working with Samuel on making sure this initiative completed to it’s full potential.
Through this loan Samuel will purchase 1,500 units of Brigt1. He has previously sold One Degree Solar’s original product, the BrightBox and seen immense benefits from this.
Uriah / Farming / Kaduna, Nigeria Uriah is a Babban Gona maize farmer from Kuzuntu village. He is married with a child and lives in a mud house with his family. He is a meticulous farmer who has invested time and resources in his farm. He hopes his child work twice as hard as him and becomes a doctor.
Thanks to his drive, Uriah is able to ensure that his family eats three square meals a day. In order for Uriah to keep improving his yield and as a result feed his family; he needs access to high quality inputs, such as fertilizers, herbicides and improved seeds. As a Babban Gona member, he will be provided with a full suite of the best inputs to optimize his farm and increase his yields up to 3.5 metric tones per hectare; 2.3 times the national average.
With increased yields and income of up to 3.5 times the national average, Uriah looks forward to using his additional income to pay his child’s school fees. Uriah is a happy Babban Gona farmer and holds getting married as his best memory as a Babban Gona member. He looks forward to a brighter future with Babban Gona as his partner in fighting poverty.
Waleed / Fruits & Vegetables / Wihdat, Jordan Waleed is the caring father of five children and he lives in a rented house in Wihdat, which is considered as an underprivileged area in Amman. He owns a vegetables and fruits van and he is peddling in the street.
Waleed wishes to open an independent grocery. He applied for a loan to help him buy more vegetables and summer fruits to serve more customers and save enough money to be able open his own shop.