From humble beginnings to homeownership: Sellina Gondwe`s inspirational rise.

From humble beginnings to homeownership: Sellina Gondwe`s inspirational rise.

In the heart of Mtembe 1 village, Dowa district, Sellina Gondwe's story unfolds as a beacon of hope and resilience. Her transformative journey from adversity to homeownership is a testament to the power of determination, entrepreneurship and community support. Sellina's life took a pivotal turn when she joined a village savings and loan group facilitated by CARD. 

"CARD has been a game-changer for me. It empowered me with skills in independence, hygiene and financial management. Through their support, I accessed loans that enabled me to build my own house, I am able to pay for school fees for my secondary school daughter and kickstart my Agro-dealer business," Sellina shared, her smile reflecting her newfound confidence.

Previously, Sellina grappled with the challenge of finding stable shelter upon returning from living with her uncle. Undeterred, she channeled her determination and hard work, using her earnings from her businesses to construct her dream home. 

 "I used to struggle to afford three meals a day, but now we enjoy a balanced diet. The knowledge and support from CARD have reshaped my path in agriculture, ensuring food security for my family," Sellina added.

Sellina's participation in the 'Kuwala Ultra Poor Graduation Project' in Dowa further highlights her commitment to bettering her life. Implemented in partnership with Christian Aid and funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through FARMSE, this initiative aims to uplift the ultra-poor by providing them with the tools and resources needed to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

Sellina Gondwe's journey stands as a powerful example of what can be achieved with resilience, support, and a drive to succeed. Her story serves as an inspiration to many, showcasing the transformative impact of community-driven initiatives in creating lasting change.

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