ANA TOLOLI’S STORY
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Ana Tololi is a strong woman.
SHE HAS TO BE.
Born into a family stuck in extreme poverty,
she has faced many obstacles. As a child,
her parents worked long, hard hours on a farm
but barely managed to get by.
Ana attended primary school but was forced
to drop out after only the 4th grade. Exiting
at such an early age, she was forced to grow
up quickly. Classrooms were replaced by chores,
textbooks were substituted by tasks around the
house. Because of these hardships,
Ana had to grow stronger.
As Ana grew older,
she got married
and had three children.
However, trouble continued
to follow her and in 1998,
she became a widow.
She was left to raise her
three children all on on her own.
Again, she had to grow even stronger.
Over the next few years,
many of Ana’s siblings died.
When her sister died, it orphaned
her five children. Ana decided to raise
these five kids as her own. Now a mother
to eight children, Ana’s spirit was being tested,
but she remained courageous and brave.
Shortly after that,
both of Ana’s parents became sick
and were no longer able to work.
In order to look after them,
Ana moved her entire family into her parents home.
She was now responsible for 10 people,
not including herself.
It was all Ana could do
to hold her family together.
She struggled for funds to
send her children to school.
Simply putting food on the table
became an enormous effort.
She tried selling tomatoes
and other vegetables at
the market to earn
enough money to
provide for the family,
but she was constantly
coming up short.
In March 2014,
Ana joined our sewing program.
Instantly, she was eager to learn a new skill.
From March to October,
three days a week,
Ana walked one hour to class
and one hour home.
This was in addition to providing
for her 10 family members
With every passing class,
Ana was learning something new.
She began to grow stronger in
a brand new way.
This new power was unlike
the other strengths she had
acquired over her life.
This new strength wasn’t
emerging out of necessity,
but rather, it was giving
birth to new opportunities.
In October 2014,
our sewing program.
she was given a
certificate of completion
and her very own
Empowering Ana with the skill of sewing
and equipping her with a sewing machine
unlocked the potential within her for
economic freedom and stability
for her family.
She quickly picked up
tailoring jobs within her
community and was even
able to put two of her
kids back into school
with her earnings.
Ana still has a lot on her plate,
but she is stronger than ever.
We believe that opportunity
is a powerful weapon.
the chance to learn a new skill
has become the catalyst towards
stable financial growth for her family.
With a simple investment,
you can empower individuals
just like Ana.