Susanna from Eldoret, Kenya

I have the skills to earn more for my family-- I just need start up funds.

I'm solely supporting my grandchild with my labor; with funds, I can begin weaving baskets and earn a better life for my family.


I am a 58 year old farmer and fistula survivor. When I got a fistula my husband abused me and chased me from our bed, so I slept on a mat on the floor. I had one surgery that worked for a year but then I started leaking again. This year I got repair surgery and now I am healed.

My goals are to start a business selling Kiondo bags. I learned how to make this bag with an organization called Beyond Fistula. I want to earn money for food and rent for myself and my husband, as well as school fees for my grandchild who is in form 1. The father is sick and cannot provide for the child so I am the breadwinner.

I need $300 to buy materials - the fibers of the sisal plant - for Kiondo bags.

Meeting this need will help me because it is on my shoulders to provide school fees for my grandchild and food for my family. I have the skill and can earn if I just have help to get started.

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This need has been validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula



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

Susanna is a devoted grandmother who completed our Kiondo bag weaving workshop. She used to be a farmer but had to stop working when she got a fistula. Now that she is healed, she is thrilled to have a new skill to earn income. Beyond Fistula will continue to check in on Susanna as she gets her business off the ground, and we look forward to watching her thrive.

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