The Widows Might Program seeks to instruct, encourage, and empower these women by providing food assistance each month, five goats in the first year (to help them start their own self sustaining herd), skill training and Bible instruction. Click on the link below to view a brand new video about our widows program.
Maria Yenko ILK-WM12
Maria's husband was a pastor who passed away in 2019 from cancer. She has 7 children: 4 boys and 3 girls. Maria never attended school and was married at the age of 19. Her husband's family is making life difficult for her but to date they have not come to kick her out of her home or take any belongings. She presently has 2 cows and 3 goats. Maria's biggest challenge is paying school fees. She supports her family as best she can by selling potatoes and cabbages at market.
Mary Kararei ILK-WM-13
Mary's husband passed away 28 years ago, and she was the only wife. She never had the opportunity to attend school and does not know how to read or write. Mary has 9 children: 5 boys and 4 girls. She supports her family by working in other people's gardens to earn money. She used to make charcoal before the government ban on it's production. Mary's husband's family came and took some of the cows at the time of his death. Her biggest challenges are feeding her family and paying for school fees. Five of her children are in school: 1 in high school and 4 in primary.
Everlyn Nairuko ILK-WM15
Everlyn's husband passed away 14 years ago from liver disease due to his addiction to alcohol. Everyln has 6 children, all girls: 3 are married and 3 are at home. She supports her family by small gardening and has a few goats. When Everlyn's husband passed away, her husband's family took all of her land and livestock. She had to return to her mother's home, fearing for her life. Her biggest challenge is the education of her children and being able to pay their school fees. Everlyn attended school up to class 6 and was the last of 3 wives.
Kibarisho Tingisha NKU-WM23
Kibarisho's husband died 20 years ago from old age and sickness. She was the third of three wives and gave birth to 3 boys and 1 girl. Kibarisho never had the opportunity to attend school. She is very happy that her last child, a boy, has gone to school and is in university.
Kibarisho owns just a handful of livestock: 1 cow, 5 goats, and 3 sheep. She married at the age of 12 years old during the time of the Kenyan Independence. A woman's work in Kenya is very labor intensive, and that includes Kibarisho. She has to walk several miles to collect water and carry it home. If she does not have water at her home, she has to carry all her laundry to the closest water source to wash. Kibarisho also needs to collect firewood for cooking and tend to her animals.
Naramat Nkurumwa OLO-WM13
Naramat has been a widow for almost 20 years. She was only 10 years old when she married and was the only wife. Naramat had four children with her husband and four after he passed away. Four are still at home with her; one in primary and two are in preschool. She did not attend school and is illiterate. Naramet has 5 sheep and 2 cows. She works in gardens, sells green vegetables, and did charcoal burning until cutting trees was banned by the government to earn her income. A woman’s work in Kenya is very labor intensive, and that includes Naramat. She has to walk several miles to collect water and carry it home. If she does not have water at her home, Naramat has to carry all her laundry to the closest water source to wash. She also needs to collect firewood for cooking and tend to her animals.
Meeyu Nkoitiko ORK-WM29
Meeyu's husband passed away 2 years ago (in 2018) from illness. When the husband died, the first wife left leaving Meeyu alone to raise her 3 boys and 3 girls. She was 15 years old when she married without ever having attended school. Her neighbors have assisted her with food and even funds for school fees. Meeyu only recently moved to the Orkarkar area where she has seen many women receiving assistance with goats and food.
Melua Koshal ORK-WM30
Melua was able to attend school up to grade 4, but she says that she is not very good at reading and writing. She did not continue with school because her parents could not afford the school fees, so they found a husband for her instead. Her husband passed away 2 years ago from an illness, leaving her with the care of 8 children. One of her daughters is married, and the rest are in school. Paying school fees for 6 children is a huge challenge for Melua. She has seen other widows receiving food and goats and is very grateful that she has been asked to join the program.
Nemao Tupusat ORK-WM31
Nemao's husband passed away due to illness 10 years ago, leaving Nemao with 6 children. She was the only wife and was married around the age of 14 years old. Her biggest challenges are food and school fees. Nemao said, "we really are just struggling." She heard about the Widow's Might program, and that it was really working well. She saw with her own eyes the many widows who have been part of the program and the assistance and goats that they have received.
Nairurari Kupai ORK-WM32
Nairurari's husband died 6 years ago from illness. She is a mother to 6 children and grandmother of 10! she is the first of 2 wives. Nairurai was very young when she was married but does not know the exact age, only that she was young. Nairurari has not attended school and only owns 1 cow and 3 sheep. Her biggest challenge is food to feed her family.
Margirett Mpoe ORK-WM33
Margirett's husband passed away 20 years ago. She never had the opportunity to attend school. Margirett has 7 children (6 girls and 1 boy). Her sister wife is part of the Widow's Might program, and Margirett has seen how much help that program has been to her. Margirett's biggest challenges are paying school fees and being able to provide food for her family.
Nairoishi Shololo ORK-Wm34
Nairoshi attended school up to the 5th grade, after which her family married her. Her husband passed away in 2006. She has 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls). Nairoshi's biggest challenges are paying school fees for her children. She has 2 that are in high school, which is much more expensive than primary. Nairoshi also struggles to be able to provide enough food for her family.
Nooragirang Sayielel ORK-WM35
Nooragirang's husband passed away 15 years ago. He was killed by a water buffalo that attacked him. She was the second wife and has a total of 8 children. When the husband died, the first wife left because the two of them were facing severe poverty issues. She never had the opportunity to attend school and was married when she was just 13 years old.
Kaaka Yiaile ORK-WM36
Kaaka is the second of two wives. Their husband passed away 10 years ago. She has 8 boys. Two of them are now married, and she has 3 grandchildren. Kaaka never had the opportunity to attend school. Her biggest challenges are school fees and food to fee her family. Kaaka said, "I have heard good things about this program, how widows are receiving assistance and learning how to make bread that helps them earn money."
Meeyu Parmuat ORK-WM37
Meeyu lost her husband one year ago (in 2019) from kidney issues. He had been sick for 6 years. Meeyu is the youngest of two wives and has 2 boys and 3 girls. Three of her children attend school. Paying the school fees and providing food are huge challenges for her. Meeyu was very happy when asked to be part of the widows' program because she has heard that the program is well run and really assisting widows like herself.
Kibarisho Kupai ORK-WM38
Kabariso's husband passed away 6 years ago at the age of 40. She is the second of two wives. Kibariso has a total of 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. Three of the children attend school. She herself never attended school, so she does not know how to read or write. Kibariso's biggest challenges are paying for her children's school fees and being able to provide food. She often has to beg her neighbors for clothes.