Janet from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm a mother of 6 looking to support my family through traditional crafting.

I've learned the process to weave traditional Kiondo bags from sisal. With help I can start a business and earn enough to support my family!


I am a 35 year old mother of 6 and fistula survivor. In 2014 I had an obstructed labor for seven days and then the baby passed on. I lived with the fistula for one year and my husband remarried a younger woman who lives with us. My husband does not support me and my children, just the other wife and her children.

My goals are to support my children with school fees, clothes, and food. Before I got the fistula I had a small farm. Now I have learned Kiondo basket weaving from a workshop with Beyond Fistula, and I want to sell the bags for income.

I need $300 to buy materials to start my business - I use the fibers of the sisal plant to make the Kiondo bags.

Meeting this need will help me because once I am earning money selling my bags, I will be able to feed myself and my six children, and provide them with school fees and uniforms.

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

Janet is a driven young woman. Despite the tragic loss of her seventh child during her obstructed labor, she has kept on with strength and vision. She dreams of one day buying land and building rental buildings to earn income, but for now wants to sell Kiondo bags. Beyond Fistula will be checking in with her and giving support as she gets her business up and running, and I have faith that she will succeed.

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