As the sun set in Lietnhom, South Sudan, Ajak returned to her mother's thatch hut empty-handed, and on the verge of tears.
The 27-year-old mother had been sent away from her ex-husband's home just days before, with three kids in tow. She had no means to provide for herself – much less her children.
"When I came home empty-handed, I thought that was the end of my life," she recalled.
This is the position that many of the women we serve find themselves in before joining our programs. They are mothers looking for hope who want something more for themselves – and for their children.
Supporters like you change the trajectory of these mothers' stories every time you give.
The circumstances might be different from community to community. But the same shared motherly desires to provide food, care and education for children are present no matter where those mothers live, whether in the slums of Jakarta, the villages of South Sudan, or the mountains of rural Burundi.
In Indonesia, Sulastri, 33, and her husband Guono, 36, could not afford to send their three kids to school. Books cost more than $70 per semester. Uniforms cost over $160 per year. This is a fortune for a family like theirs!
But Sulastri decided to start a micro-enterprise to help supplement her husband's income. She set up a small grocery stall, and with a loan from Five Talents' partner, The Gerhati Foundation, she expanded her stock and began to increase her weekly profit – all of which went to her children's education.
You see, Sulastri and Guono themselves have only a primary school education. They want to invest in the next generation.
Thanks to people like you, they are achieving this goal.
Today, their three children have uniforms, books and role model-parents who are giving all they have to unlock a better future for their children.
"Knowledge has more lasting value than money," said Sulastri, "because money can run out anytime, but knowledge stays."