At thirty one years of age this young widow has been through difficulties that many would not have faced at her stage. When she was fifteen her mother passed away, so she moved from the capital to live with her grandmother in a village in the Copperbelt , where she met her husband. She married in 2003 and moved to Chingola, where her husband had employment. After bearing four children, Mainess lost her husband, and was left to raise her children alone. As is often the case, when her husband died, the family distributed his possessions amongst themselves, leaving Mainess with an empty house.
However, Mainess did not let her situation get the better of her – and she worked hard doing ‘piece work’ to provide for her children. In 2014 her third child, Margaret, commenced Grade 1 at ICCS. The following year Margaret’s Australian sponsor visited her in Zambia, and saw how difficult it was for Mainess to feed her children. Mainess said she would like to start a business breeding and selling chickens, so the sponsor provided the equivalent of $300 to set up her small business. Mainess did not take the money immediately, as she wanted to build her chicken run first – which she did with the help of her oldest son, making the mud bricks themselves and then building the coup.
Mainess has made a success of her chicken business through her hard work – and now Blessed to Bless purchases chickens from her for school lunches. She is proud of her efforts, and said she would also like to work at ICCS doing some gardening. We are likewise very proud of this hard working young lady, and very happy to see her efforts rewarded.