Leah Mshani lives in Chitipa, a district in northern Malawi, with her husband and their three children.
A year ago, Leah and her nearby neighbors each spent around 35 hours per week—the equivalent of a full-time job in the U.S.—collecting water for their families.
When friends invited her to join “Light” savings group through their church (a HOPE partner), Leah started saving 500 kwacha (roughly 67¢ USD) at each group meeting.
As she paid her shares, she took out several loans from the group: to start a sewing business, make home improvements, purchase livestock, support her husband in starting a taxi business, and teach other women how to sew to earn income. Continue Reading…