​Dreams of business give hope to mother of 9 in the slums

Millicent’s story is like many other women in Kenya. They find themselves pregnant after the love of a man gives them hope; only to be quickly abandoned once news of pregnancy reached their ears. 

Millicent was found living in the Korogocho slum of Nairobi, Kenya – a sprawling slum home to over 650,000 people. With nine children to care for, ranging in age from 1.5 to 22-years-old. Millicent is now HIV , as is her youngest. Using old towels and cloth to cover their leaking tin roof, Millicent was left pregnant, abandoned and confused, wondering how she would ever feed her large family on her own.

When a couple from Red Deer, AB heard about microloans through Home of Hope, and the hopelessness of Millicent’s life, they stepped up. A simple $150 one-time microloan along with $100 month for food and rent has completely changed Millicent’s life. She is now attending weekly financial, business and literacy classes offered by Home of Hope. Because of the microloan and love shared by Canadians, Millicent will someday be self-sufficient and full of hope for her future.

Though not all of her children are able to stay with her in her shack, the goal is that through the microloan and future business, Millicent will be able to provide for her whole family, to have them healthy and together under one roof, yet again.

Watch this video of Home of Hope Director, Brian Thomson, when we first met Millicent: 

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Millicent with her family after receiving help from a sponsor in Canada.

She has really cute kids who are now able to smile because of their sponsors from Canada!

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