Sabina, a 32-year-old Mathare resident, first became acquainted with Missions of Hope in 2008 through an HIV post-testing support program. Sabina is HIV positive. By the time she joined the program, the disease had progressed significantly, and her health was deteriorating at an alarming rate. Also, her husband had just deserted her, taking their only son and every possession they owned.
"It hurt me because he carried away even the cooking stick and knife,” Sabina said. "There was nothing left for me to cook with that day.” The days that followed were even more difficult. Sabina admitted, "I don’t know how I survived with rent to pay, a child to feed, and no income at all. It’s by God’s grace that we lived.”
Through the support program, Sabina dedicated her life to Christ. She served as the secretary and treasurer of the group. Additionally, Sabina was recruited to join MOHI’s skills training program in tailoring. After graduating from the tailoring program, Sabina joined MOHI’s beadwork training, and she graduated from that program as well. She also trained in embroidery and making purses. Her health improved, and she grew stronger in her faith. Visible changes were evident in her life.
Upon completing these trainings, and with the sewing machine she received from MOHI, Sabina started repairing clothes to earn a living. She made enough money to pay her rent and buy food. Later, she joined MOHI’s microfinance program and secured a small loan to start her own shop at a local market, making and selling skirts.
Sadly, tragedy touched Sabina’s life again when the market housing her shop caught on fire. Most shops were destroyed in the ensuing inferno, including Sabina’s. She is grateful to God that she was able to salvage her sewing machine from the blaze.
In the days that followed, Sabina’s business lagged. Just as she was about to give up, God presented her with another opportunity. Because of her passionate commitment to her work, Sabina secured a job in MOHI’s production department. Today, Sabina is a machine operator for MOHI. She supports herself and leads a productive and satisfying life.
"MOHI has really changed me,” Sabina said. "I thank God that they came into my life just at the right time. I am a different person today through them.”