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QU: Great strength comes from great Struggle

Quarterly Update
Q1 / 2018
Someone described India “as an assault on the senses…  a riot of sights, sounds, flavours and sensations.”
Many would say it’s an assault on the emotions when one begins to discover the hidden injustices faced by many Indian women especially widows in that land.

The young woman in the photo lives on the sidewalk with her family in Southern India.  She can only dream about a better future for her kids.
In the accounts below these widows have faced many struggles that have produced great inner strength.
We honour them and The Widows’ Cause considers it a privilege to play a small part in turning their worlds around.

Chithra aged 38 a victim of domestic violence is mum to two teenage boys.  She has raised them on her own for many years.  Chithra works as a maid in three different households during the day – starting at 7am and finishing at 7.30pm with only a short break.
It has been a constant struggle for this family of three.  They still live in one room, but it is larger and has better ventilation than past accommodation.  Karthik, the eldest son is studying at College.  TWC provided a loan to help with his College fees.  Their situation is definitely improving.
Mkannamma a widow aged 70 runs a “Tiffin” business which provides breakfast from 6am to workers starting early and then dinner from 4pm onwards.  Her motto is “good quality food” and that is why Mkannamma’s business is flourishing.
Last year she tripped and broke her arm.  Her granddaughter stepped in and ran the Tiffin shop in the interim.  Mkannamma is back working.  TWC provided a loan to expand her business… no early retirement for her.
Suseela aged 52 runs a flower shop in her local market.  Abandoned by her husband many years ago, her immediate future was looking bleak.  Suseela has battled through, remaining steady to provide for her daughter.
TWC has provided a loan to enlarge her business and she is faithfully paying back the monthly instalments. It makes it all so worthwhile
Durga is 27 and lives in a village outside Indore.  She was widowed six years ago and is a mother of two.  One can only imagine the struggles, pain and vulnerability she has experienced.
Durga works as a field labourer to provide for her family.  TWC has provided Durga with a small loan to buy two goats.  She is thrilled as in time the herd will increase giving her consistent income through milk, meat and offspring.
Her future is looking much brighter.
LEFT: Pre Loan                                                          RIGHT: Post Loan
Kamli is 35 and mother to three children.  Widowed at 23 and destined to live a lonely life how desperate Kamli must have felt.  She has worked at different labouring jobs to earn an income.
TWC has provided Kamli with a loan to start up a shop in her local community selling rice, flour, dahl and other commodities.  We are excited to see the poverty cycle broken over her life and that of her children.
LEFT: Pre Loan                                                          RIGHT: Post Loan
Mainda is 48, has four children who she has raised on her own for the last three years.  She has to work long days out in the fields to feed and clothe her family.  Mainda has seized the opportunity provided by TWC to go into the goat business.  As seen in the photo she is delighted and will work hard to make the most of this new business venture.
Mainda hopes to provide a better future for her children.
LEFT: Pre Loan                                                          RIGHT: Post Loan
The Widows’ Cause has impacted

109 widows and their families in 2017
through a repayable loan system.

We are one team working on two continents.  We recognise the importance of working to one’s strengths, respecting and encouraging each other and clearly understanding our purpose as we push forward in 2018.
A big thank you to Global for their expertise, support and the way they have linked us with very good teams on the ground in India.

We look forward to building on our relationships with the local teams in Chennai and Indore.
TWC will be exploring new opportunities in 2018.  Together we can do so much more and thank you for your generosity we couldn’t do this without you.

Kind regards
Gay and the TWC team.

IMPORTANT please quote J865N with donations
Don’t forget all donations over $2 are now TAX DEDUCTIBLE…
The Widows’ Cause is a partner for Project  J865N with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993).  Donation over $2 with a preference for this project are tax deductible.  Excess funds may be applied to other approved activities.  No non-development activities (welfare, political, or evangelism) are a part of, or funded by, the GDG project. For more information please visit the website below.
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP  
globaldevelopment.org.au
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