Peter (left) and his family sit on the front step of their new home.
Jan 13 2017

Building dreams in Tanzania

Family goes from renting to owning

Peter (left) and his family sit on the front step of their new home.

Peter (left) and his family sit on the front step of their new home.


For many in the Unbound community, meeting basic needs such as nutrition and housing were a daily challenge before being sponsored. For parents Peter and Agnes in Tanzania, unemployment and low wages made it difficult to earn enough money to send their children to school and improve their situation in life.

That changed when their youngest son, also named Peter, was sponsored.

With the help and support of their son’s sponsor, Mary from Missouri, and local Unbound staff, the couple took an important step on their journey out of poverty — building and owning their own home.

Before their son was sponsored, Peter and Agnes were in a dire situation economically. They were both without a steady source of income, and struggled to meet the needs of their three children.

“It was not easy at all,” Peter said. “Being jobless with no constant source of income is a nightmare, especially when, as a man, your family looks up to you. … Many times we would go to bed hungry; only a cup of porridge would be our meal for the day. It was not easy seeing my children go hungry.”

At the time their son was sponsored, Peter and Agnes rented a home. Even though they owned a piece of land, the costs of building a home were more than they could afford while struggling to pay rent and send their children to school.

Then Peter heard about something that might help.

“I got to know about Unbound from a family friend,” Peter said. “He advised me to visit the Unbound offices and explain my situation to them. I went to the office and met very friendly staff; they listened to me as I told them about my family situation.

“They later came to visit me at my home and they took a photo of Peter. Shortly afterwards, he got a sponsor.”

Peter and Agnes used the sponsorship benefits to pay for young Peter’s school fees and improve the nutrition of the family as a whole. They also used the opportunity to pursue their dream of moving their family into their own home.

At the time this photo of their new home was taken, the family was saving up for the final touches — doors and windows.

At the time this photo of their new home was taken, the family was saving up for the final touches — doors and windows.

Peter worked with Unbound staff members to come up with a plan. He decided to pool resources from sponsorship benefits, the family’s earnings and additional assistance from his son’s sponsor to purchase supplies and start construction of the home. He was creative in coming up with ways to make the construction more affordable, such as making his own bricks.

Peter and his family worked hard to build their three-room home and create an environment where they could live more comfortably and affordably, with no rent expenses to worry about.

“I am so happy,” Peter said. “That is one load lifted off my shoulders by Unbound. If it were not for their help, I would never have been able to put up my home. …

“I am forever grateful to Unbound and Peter’s sponsor. My dream was to have a home for my family, and they have made that dream come true. I have no words that can thank them enough.”

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