Ruth from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm finally healthy, and I've learned tailoring. With a sewing machine I can work!

Just $150 for a sewing machine will be enough to let me build a life for myself. I've got a bright future ahead-- I just need your help!



I am a 28 year old fistula survivor. I was impregnated at age 16 and had a very long and difficult childbirth. It left me in pain, and I didn't know what was wrong. This year I finally learned that I had a fistula and then I had surgery to repair it.

My goals are to earn income by sewing. I am healthy now, and not limited by my fistula. After surgery, I completed a vocational program in tailoring with an organization called Beyond Fistula, and now I am ready to make my living with sewing.

I need $150 to buy a sewing machine.

Meeting this need will help me because I have the skills to earn an income with sewing, I just need a machine of my own to get my business off the ground. I am ready to support myself after 12 years of living in pain and not knowing what was wrong.

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Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula (What does this mean?)

Ruth is a very bright young woman. She is a talented tailor with the work ethic to run a successful small business, and with the support of Beyond Fistula I have faith she will achieve her goals. Despite living with a painful, shameful fistula for more than a decade of her young life, she is filled with hope for the future and believes in herself. And so do we.

About Debra

I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Beyond Fistula. I founded the nonprofit in 2012 after seeing how much these young Kenyan women needed help rebuilding their lives after recovering from a childbirth injury known as obstetric fistula. I am endlessly motivated by their hope and tenacity… Read more