Mary from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm finally healthy. With help, I can expand my farm to better support my children.

I need $250 to buy maize seeds and a cow. I have been buying and selling chickens to support my children; now I'm ready to expand!



I am a 44 year old single mother of five and a fistula survivor. I got the fistula from giving birth and lived with it, leaking, for five years until I had it repaired recently. I have supported my children alone with my small business buying and selling chickens.

My goals are to grow my business by planting maize and raising cows. This way I can earn more and afford to send my children to school.

I need $250 to buy maize seeds and a cow. Before, when I had a fistula, I could not do the labor required to have the business I wanted, but now I am healed and ready to earn.

Meeting this need will help me because I am eager to support my family - I would do anything for my children. Once I have maize seeds and a cow I will have many new ways of earning money for their school fees and for food.

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

Mary is a very hardworking single mother. She has raised her five children thus far on her own, making ends meet with her small business despite suffering with a fistula. She is savvy and driven, as I've seen first hand in our programs, and I can't wait to watch her be successful. Beyond Fistula will continue to support her new business endeavor.

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