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Dear Readers,

As you know, Jessie and I have been going to Tanzania since 2008 and God willing we will return in August 2017.  We are encouraged and excited about the success of the pig project and  I have another woman’s story to tell you, but first I wanted to get your attention!  Africa has taught us a great deal.  Here, one of Jessie’s Jack Russell’s (Pendo by name) who has “gone to Jesus” as Barbara Crafton would say, is being carried by Jessie on her back as the African women carry their children.  Pendo was reluctant to walk that day.  After using a scarf to put her on Jessie’s back she was happy as a clam.  I miss *Pendo whose real name was Tally Pendo.

Another woman in Handali has shared her story with  Moses.   Her name is Moleni Kutimwa.  Moleni is a divorced woman who lives with her children.  There is no such thing as alimony in Handali.  Life was almost impossible for Moleni until she joined the pig project in 2012.  The four women had only one large pig at that time.  I need not go into the reproduction process as Moses does but suffice it to say that now in 2016 Moleni has repaid her loan and has become a successful entrepreneur and plans to continue in the pig business!  As the others say, pigs have changed her life.   She, like Mariam has built a new house.  YOU, our friends and donors ARE changing lives. Thank you, thank you , thank you.   

*Pendo in Swahili is love.  It is a favorite name in Africa.


She appears a little lady.  No doubt Jessie and I have met her but we don’t always know their names.  When we return in 2017 we will definitely meet her and see her new  home.  See her story beneath this one.

This may sound like the “same old same old”, but believe me it is reason for rejoicing.  We are now hearing the success stories of the women, and you, our supporters, please rejoice with us that lives are being changed from “bad to good.” Those are the words of Mariam Kaputi who joined the pig project in 2011.  Mariam and her husband, Richard have 5 children and until she joined what we call the Wilbur Project they could not get enough crops to feed the children or to buy the basic needs for their children to go to school.  The group she joined began with 3 pigs ~  two females and one male.  Bless that boar; the two lady pigs produced 14 piglets right off the bat.  He was sold to pay off their loan, one pig went to their church and each woman  got their very own pigs.  Mariam got 6 piglets.  Two were sold to buy a goat and in 2013 her remaining pigs produced more piglets.  No birth control on those producers!  Mariam and Richard continued to sell their pigs until they could buy metal sheets to begin a new house.  There is no such thing as instant gratification in Africa.  It takes a lot of patience and hard work to get ahead ~ to educate children and to have a decent home.  Gradually, their dream has become a reality.  They now live in their new house all because of their pigs.  And all because of you dear donors!  Could you have ever imagined what a small donation could do to change lives from bad to good?  

Here are the pigs and now I shall try to put Mariam’s picture on the blog.  That is still a chore for me!


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!

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