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Monica ChiyenjeJust wanted to give you a larger picture of Monica and her mud-brick home.  You will notice there is no door, just an entry way.  When going to someone’s home you simply say:  HODIE which is “knock-knock.”  The response is “Karibu” which is “welcome.”

That word is heard all over Tanzania ~ they are people who welcome everyone who comes.  As little as they may have, they share it.   In spite of their many hardships, I sometimes think that God must be very proud of them.  They got the message about  entertaining strangers!  We look forward to sharing more stories.  We had hoped to have a professional video made to show you but the cost is prohibitive.  If any of you have expertise in creating a good video we would welcome your help.  It is all I can do to put a photo on the blog!

See the story below!

This is Monica Chiyenje  standing in front of her home in Handali Village.  Monica and her husband, Meshack had a very difficult life until she joined the pig project.  These are the women that Karimu loaned $500 to in 2009.  Remember, the original 45 women who formed groups, built pig stys and began raising, breeding and selling pigs?  It is quite a success story as there are now over 1,051 women raising pigs and improving the lives of their families.

 Monica and Meshack and their 3 children were totally dependent on a small shamba (farm or garden) and a few chickens.  Their harvest was minimal due to drought and diseased chickens.  Monica joined the pig project in 2012 and she and 4 women started with 1 pig.  ONE PIG!  That pig produced 10 piglets and each of the 4 women in the group got 2 piglets to keep.  They sold the remaining two piglets to pay off the loan.  And so the story of transformation and hope began for Monica.  Two of her three children are now in school, one at the College of Minerals in Dodoma and the second is studying at the Handali Secondary School.  Monica currently has 7 pigs and her mother pig.  She has sold pigs to expand their little farm and to pay the necessary school fees for their children.  Thanks to some rain this season, they have had a better than usual harvest, enough to feed their family and to sell to neighboring families.  One piglet at the cost of about $19.00 has changed their lives.  Monica told our dear friend Moses Matonya when he visited her last week that she was very thankful for Karimu.  We, Jessie and I, thank the many of you who have made it possible for this kind of miracle to happen.  May God bless you.

Monica Chiyenje

hRosemary Mubezi You read her story yesterday!

Tally and I are going to tell you personal stories of some of the women you have supported in Karimu’s Piglet Project.  Meet Rosemary:

Rose is about 41 years old.  She is a mother of 5 children – her husband deserted her about 8 years ago.  Life was very difficult for her and the children before she joined the Piglet Project.  She could not earn enough to feed her children and supply then with uniforms and books in order that they could attend the local school.  Rose joined the pig project in 2010 being in a group of 5 women who were given 3 piglets.  Unfortunately, one of their three piglets was eaten by a hyena, so two remained – one female and one male.  They sold the male pig after one year to pay back the loan money.  The one female pig was able to produce 4 piglets and they sold the piglets and distributed the money to all five women in the group. The mother pig produced 10 piglets the second time.  They sold the mother pig after 4 months when the piglets had grown up, and each of them took two piglets to keep for their own uses.  Rose started with those 2 piglets.  When they were grown, she sold one to pay school fees for her children.  The other pig produced 10 piglets for her.  She sold all 10 piglets after three months and spent the money to buy 3 big goats, buy school needs for her children and hire a tractor to cultivate two acres.  She got a good harvest of sunflower and millet in May 2013.


The mother pig produced the third time 13 piglets.  2 piglets died and 11 survived.  She sold six piglets to buy a bicycle to help her carry water from the well.  Rose kept the remaining 5 piglets until they became big.  In December 2013 she sold two pigs to cultivate her farm and support her children.


Rose has continued to keep pigs and she has sold some this year in order to build a house.  She has remained with two pigs which are pregnant and she expects to get a good number of piglets.  Her story is that life was difficult for her before she started to keep pigs.  Her husband abandoned her she was struggling alone to raise the children.  Now she is capable to feed her children, buy their needs and pay school fees.  She had a good harvest this year from her farm because she had the money to cultivate the farm.  Her life has changed completely and she is very thankful for the project.


Tomorrow, Tally will tell you the story of MONICA CHIYENJE from Handali Village.


Asante, Jessie

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