We're celebrating the 101st International Women's Day by sharing some of our favorite quotations from women who have been touched by our programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Five Talents and its partners support micro-entrepreneurs with loan capital, savings group formation, business training, spiritual development, and, in some cases, literacy education, health care opportunities and micro-insurance.
The results speak for themselves: Women begin to recognize their God-given abilities. They gain confidence and start participating more actively in family affairs. They form lasting friendships with other women and draw support from this fellowship. Their earned income can be used towards putting children through school. And over time, what they learn is passed down to the next generation.
Every woman has a unique story, but as you read their words, you will hear a familiar refrain of hope, confidence, faith and joy. Click the link beside each quotation to read the woman's story:
"There were days when I wanted to leave everything and run away, but God who is almighty gave me strength to keep going. Today, I am the mother and the father of my children, and we are doing well."
-Gloria in Peru
"I can pay for school fees so my children can go to school. All will go to school – I won't keep any at home because I was kept at home and I don't want that."
-Leonie in Burundi
"When I go back to Yirol County, where I was married, I know people will be asking themselves, 'Where and when did she get this education?' My dream has now been fulfilled."
-Priscilla in South Sudan
"All that I learned in the [savings] group, I am going to share with other shy women, women who used to be a lot like me. Now I am not scared to talk and I am sure that my group will help me to do a good job as [the community's] Secretary of Health."
-Maxima in Bolivia