*Oxfam Stories of Hope

Christmas is a time for thinking of others who may not be as well off as yourself, and so when I was asked to take part in Oxfam‘s Stories of Hope campaign there was only one answer-of course! Oxfam are a charity I trust, and one I support, so working with them too is pretty cool. We all have moments where we’re worrying about making ends meet, and that can be awful, but I know I’m very lucky to not have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. Plenty of people ARE living in poverty all over the world, and Oxfam are working hard to help those people.

They’ve kindly sent me lots of information, and I wanted to tell you the story of one of the ladies they’ve featured, Kitabe, as well as how Oxfam have helped her.

‘Kitabe grew up working on a maize farm with her family in Bulbula, Ethiopia. She didn’t have high hopes for her future after leaving school in the first grade finding herself forced into an arranged marriage. Her family was poor and food was scarce. With the help of Oxfam, Kitabe has been able to turn her situation around. She now spends her time managing the seed production on her farm, as well as being a mother to her four children. Although she was reluctant at first, Kitabe joined Oxfam’s project and took out a loan of 10,000 Birr – the equivalent of £324. As a result, she was able to buy more seed to grow crops. Kitabe worried she would be unable to repay the borrowed money. However, after the first harvest, Kitabe was able to pay it back and even had enough to buy more land. Kitabe has also purchased a cow and an ox, providing her with an extra source of income which is used to pay for additional labourers on the farm. Kitabe used to have little control over her finances, but being a part of this scheme means she is able to manage her money more effectively, helping her to secure a brighter future for herself and her family. As part of Oxfam’s WE Care initiative, Kitabe is given support as a working mother. She attends meetings twice a month with other women to discuss the challenges of juggling work and caring for a family. As a result, Kitabe finds it easier to cope and she has a better relationship with her husband.’

Story Credit: Oxfam

Kitabe

Photo Credit: Abbie Taylor-Smith, February 2016

I think it’s fab that not only have Oxfam helped Kitabe in the short term, but they’re helped her to help herself in the long term, too. I’ll definitely spend slightly less on my Christmas cocktails this year and donate the remainder to Oxfam so they can carry on their amazing work.

Want to find out more about the campaign, and make a donation?

Are you an Oxfam supporter? Are you able to pop a couple of quid their way this Christmas?

 *This post was written in collaboration with Oxfam. All words (apart from the quote, which is Oxfam’s words and credited as such) are my own.

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