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Rose

The story of Rose Lwanyage is interesting. In '05 her husband died leaving her with a house, 1/2 acre lot, a large garden and debt. Upon his death the church came quickly to her assistance to protect her from clan (extended family) demands on her and her property.

She had operated a store up on the road and was paying heavy rent. With one less person in the house, the church deacons helped her transform a room of her house into a modestly equipped store (upper left) where she pays no rent. She operates the store at a better profit than before and can look after home things while managing the store.

There was a building just 20 paces from the house, but it needed repair and upgrading. TMP lent her a small amount to do that work on condition that as a rental it would pay the loan. She signed off on that and it worked out.

Her children helped her make enough bricks of the soil on the lot during the rainy season to add a second apartment to the first TMP lent her enough to put the roof on the second apartment on condition that its rent would pay the loan quickly. That too worked out. The result is a duplex, here pictured in a slide (lower left).

This story goes on with the rent from the second apt paying for the roof of the third, and the rent from the third to pay for the roof of the fourth. See the third apt with the red door (upper right) and the stack of bricks from which the fourth apartment will be built (in the slides).

Rose is a quiet leader by testimony and example of someone who has overcome distress and danger by God's grace through her church and micro-finance through The TentMaker Project. She is an example of someone who works "to take care of their own needs and to help others” (Eph 4:28).

Please help us do this with others. Thank you.

~J. Wyatt George

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