Susan from Eldoret, Kenya

Kenyan woman struggling to maintain my independence. Starting my my own business will help me get there!

My parents want to sell me into marriage. I know I can support myself independently. Help me purchase start-up materials for my tailoring business.


I am a 22-year-old obstetric fistula survivor. I had a fistula for 8 years and am now well. Right now I stay with my sister, as my parents wish to sell me into a marriage. I have just completed a vocational training program in tailoring.

My goals are to be able to open my own business and stand on my own.

I need to pay for my sewing machine, buy materials and pay for a small space where I can live and work.

Meeting this need will help me because I will be able to provide for myself. My parents won't be able to sell me into marriage. I hope to break the traditions that hold so many women powerless to make their own choices!

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

I am the Program Coordinator for Beyond Fistula in Kenya. For the past year, Susan has diligently applied herself to learn the necessary skills to achieve her goals. She is focused and determined to succeed and change her life for the better.

About Christine

I am a retired Operating Room nurse from California and I have 2 grown children. I have had a passion and a calling to work in developing counties most of my life. I have done short term services projects and spent many vacations working overseas. I began coming to Kenya in 2009 working with a… Read more