Many of the LLK children are orphans – mainly AIDS orphans. They live with relatives or friends of the family, who can usually hardly provide for themselves. So that our children are not left to their own devices and land up on the streets, we began the foster parent project. Foster parents who take care of these orphans receive an interest-free micro-credit from us. This helps to create a basis for self-employment to pay for food and rent.
The micro-credits are often invested in kiosks selling vegetables and fruits, coal and second-hand clothing. We were also able to help one or the other farmer’s wife with an interest-free microcredit for a crop failure.
Foster children are well cared for by their new families without family having to worry about where their next meal is coming from. A separate network has also been established under the foster parents, through which they exchange views and help each other.
The re-paid funds are used for new micro-credits for other foster parents and AIDS inflicted parents – or given to the family once again to expand their business. In this way we also help AIDS-inflicted parents to become self-employed – receive medical care and live longer – to watch their children grow.
Vegetable stand funded by a microcredit