The lives of the Hope Art women change dramatically through a sense of self-worth and purpose.
We’re excited to introduce them to you here:
I am Chilombo Chinga, was born in 1959 and am a widow. I went through a very hard time when my twin babies were ill and passed away a couple of years ago. I grew up in an extremely poor family and was unable to attend school. It is a real privilege to now be able to send my surviving children to school with the income I earn through Hope Art, not to mention the joy of providing food for them. Thank you for caring.
My name is Irene Kawele and I was born in 1958. My husband passed away in 2005. Prior to my involvement with Hope Art I had no income and I struggled daily to support the 8 orphans left in my care by family members. It was very difficult for me when they cried for food and I wasn’t able to provide. I am so grateful that now with the money I earn through Hope Art, I am able to care for and educate these children and look after my own health. Thank you for your support.
My name is Irene Lisibani, I am 51 years old and support my 5 children, members of my family and my husband who don't have work. Life was not easy before I joined Hope Art in 2012, I used to sell rice to try earn an income for my family. Since joining Hope Art I have received Jesus Christ, I am able to send my children to school and put food on the table. I am very grateful for being able to work at Hope Art.
My name is Paxina Nayoto, born in 1965 and have 4 children. Before starting to work at Hope Art I tried a variety of jobs, but I still struggled to provide for my children. I now appreciate the steady income I receive through Hope Art each month. I am glad that I can use the talent God gave me and have been able to improve my sewing skills.
I am lame, and it’s very difficult to find money especially if you are taking care of six orphans with many needs. I suffered a lot. Hope Art has really changed my life as you heard how I struggled at the beginning with my life and looking after orphans. Now I am okay because I am able to find food, water and also the money to use for other family needs.
I am Rosemary Lubongo, born in 1968. I am the team leader of Hope Art Mongu and I enjoy learning new skills and developing my leadership abilities. Fortunately, my husband is able to provide for our family, so I have the privilege to use my earnings from Hope Art to support the many needy families and children in my community. Thank you so much for your contribution to Hope Art. Together we can make a significant impact in Western Zambia!
I’ve always wanted to do work that helps people and I get to do that every day now. My parents passed away when I was very young. My oldest sister agreed to take us into her care. At the age of 15, I fell pregnant and dropped out of school. I then ran away from home to Willowmore, and met my husband. We moved to George with hopes of a better life but we were unable to get a steady job. I started coming to Hope Church Wilderness Heights and was asked to join the Hope Art team. I am now able to support my family and give my children a better future.
Doreen moved to Mongu in January 2019 to look after her sick father after her mother passed away. She joined Hope Church in January and instantly found a family. She was desperate to find work so she could support her sick father, 4 children, and her two younger sisters who had to stop school because there was no money. Doreen is so thankful for the opportunity to work with the Hope Art ladies, and we know her and her family now have brighter futures.
My name is Anna Kahyata. When I was growing up no one cared enough for me to send me to school. After my father died when I was still young we really struggled financially. I used to hang out on the streets as a child and when I got older, started drinking and got involved with prostitution. I fell pregnant when I was 16 with my first daughter and a few years later had my second daughter with a different man. Hope Art has completely changed my life, I repented and gave my life to Jesus. The daily devotions and the council from the ladies I work with have really helped me become a changed woman. The money I earn through Hope Art has enabled me to support 5 children, my mother and my aunt. Hope Art has taken me off the streets and given me Hope.
My name is Carol. I have had a very hard life. In the time I've been at Hope Art I've been able to look after my children and send them to school, to give them a better future. I love making the critters, it brings me great joy. I'm grateful to God for Hope Church Mongu and Hope Art.
My name is Bupe Bwalya. My son passed away from Malaria when he was nearly 2 years old on the 10th of October 2003. I felt terrible and had depression. It was a very hard time for me. After my parents died I had to take on the responsibility of looking after my 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Before I started working at Hope Art I was brewing beer to sell and would do any peace work I could find, like cleaning, buying groceries, selling fish etc to provide for my brothers and sisters. Through Hope Art my family can now eat without worrying whether or not we will have another meal. And I have managed to send one of my sisters to school. God is good, my life has changed forever.