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Widow & Orphans Launch a Bakery Business

Esther Behind GrandMamaEsther, a girl not yet old enough to speak, peeks behind her grandmother’s skirt.  She shares a similar story with Esther of the Bible, as she, too, is an orphan.  Her mama died only a few weeks after she was born.  There is no father.  Her grandmother, a widow from the genocide, is raising her along with eight other children.  Four are biological children who lost their father, and four children are orphans she adopted.

Thanks to generous and compassionate sponsors, Perptue received a loan to start a bakery business.  The vision to start a bakery began in 2010, and like most business start-ups, funding was the biggest challenge.  Her sponsors decided to invest above and beyond, and last week Esther and her family began a new chapter with their family business.

Pertue's BakeryEsther’s uncle and aunt, Joseph (22) and Mutesi (24), bake waffles and donuts and transport them to their bakery located at the main center square.  Perptue hired two employees to sell products, traveling far outside the village to find customers.  Eventually they will bake bread, a need in this village due to lack of training.  Thanks to her sponsors, she purchased an oven made by the Hope Vocational Training Center and will launch new products as the business grows. She says her quality is what separates her from her one competitor, and customers are raving about their baked goods.

Esther’s family is a story of hardship in poverty and loss.  They credit God for enabling them to start this business and rely on His strength as they persevere to grow the business.