With thanks from Flabiana
1 Aug 2012 | Blog | Long-term Development | Project Compassion | East Timor
Cornelio Ase from Caritas Australia’s Partnership program in Timor Leste spoke with Flabiana to find out how her life has changed since Caritas Australia.
“A year ago my husband died. This was very hard, but my children are healthy and happy. They enjoy school and we have enough food," said Flabiana.
"My kiosk is progressing well and I am busy every day. I bought a car with my savings. We’re now able to transport items that we buy from local stores or the market.”
What Caritas group trainings have you participated in?
How are the tofu business and microfinance cooperative going?
Before I joined Caritas I made bread and sold ice, but tofu production is a good business because it helps us increase our income. I sell tofu to the market or local restaurants, and they sell out quickly.
Our microfinance is continuing and it helps us so much. We loan money to members and it is used to help with any urgent needs such as school fees, household utensils and furniture.
How are your children?
My children are growing healthy and learning many things at school. They also help me look after the kiosk; my daughter prepares the ice blocks before going to her afternoon class and my oldest son just completed high school.
What is your hope for the future?
I would like to learn different bread making techniques and buy more equipment for this; as well as a machine to drill coconut and corn. I hope that the microfinance group continues, so other members can also sustain their living through small business. Your donations have really changed people’s lives and I hope your support continues.
Flabiana’s story is extraordinary and her future now has a strong foundation. Thank you for supporting Project Compassion; at last count we raised over $10.7 million!
Your support ensures we can reach others who are searching for a life free from poverty. From all at Caritas Australia, thank you for helping us walk alongside the poorest of the poor.
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