Living in Kenya as a widow with six children hasn’t been easy for Mary. Aside from dealing with emotional loss and a lack of income, Mary and her children often faced disapproval.
“I have had to deal with negativity from the society that mistreats widows and single mothers,” Mary said. “I have had to overcome self-pity over my situation and that of my children — that has been the greatest challenge. Trusting in God and in a brighter future is what keeps me going.
“I am just grateful that Unbound stepped in when all my hope was lost,” she continued. “They sympathized with my situation and two of my children got sponsored. … I am also hopeful that with the help of the small mothers group loaning system I will be able to start up a livelihood business in the near future.”
Mary loves to read, especially poetry, and soon started putting pen to paper herself. Her 12-year-old daughter, Veronica, has a talent for public speaking and has often recited her mother’s poems for visitors on Unbound’s awareness trips.
“I started writing sometime back,” Mary said. “I just came to the realization that many people do not have the culture of reading books. Many prefer to listen to the spoken word. I decided that I would use my talent in writing poems, and my daughter’s recital skills, to speak to people on issues that matter.”
Veronica enjoys partnering with her mom and has been reciting poems and Bible verses since she was 6. Though she sometimes gets a touch of stage fright, the encouragement she receives from her mom helps her quickly move past it. Veronica sees poetry recital as great practice for her future goals.
“I would like to be a news anchor,” Veronica said. “I love the way they speak and present news and programs on TV.”
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