Beatrice from Eldoret, Kenya

Help me start my charcoal business to support my family!

To initiate this business and cover the initial expenses, I am in need of $375.


I am a 30-year-old single mother of four. After the tragic loss of my husband in 2012, I found myself solely responsible for raising our children. Seeking support, I moved in with my mother, but unfortunately, she passed away shortly after. With nowhere else to go, I sought refuge near my sister and started living with a new partner. However, once I became pregnant and gave birth to our child, I developed a fistula, and he abandoned us.

Prior to my surgery, I worked as a farmer, but due to the necessary recovery time and strenuous nature of farming, I am no longer able to continue that work. My goal is to start work as a farmer again and start a business selling charcoal.

To initiate this business and cover the initial expenses, I am in need of $375.

Meeting this financial need will not only empower me to embark on my charcoal business but also provide stability and open up opportunities for my children. It will serve as a catalyst for overcoming the hardships we have endured and allow us to work towards a brighter future together.

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

Beatrice has endured many hardships, from the loss of her husband, followed by being abandoned by the father of her youngest child. She is a survivor of hardship and an obstetric fistula. Beatrice is determined to support herself and her children. Once she is fully healed from her fistula surgery, she plans to return to farming. In addition to that, she plans to sell charcoal as a way to support her family. Beatrice is a headstrong and determined woman and I believe she will work hard for her family.

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