Ms. Hien: A Mother’s Joy

1 year ago

Huynh Thi Hien’s journey as the sole breadwinner for her family was filled with challenges and hardships after her husband’s passing. With an elderly mother and three children relying on her, she had to navigate a life of financial instability and limited opportunities. However, her life took a positive turn when she was introduced to the Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children (EFWC) Program in 2019.

Through the EFWC Program, Hien received valuable support and resources that helped transform her circumstances. One of the program’s key contributions was enabling her to invest in pig farming. With the program’s assistance, she acquired pigs and received guidance on their care and management. This not only provided her with a stable source of income but also allowed her to diversify her livelihood and reduce her dependence on unstable hired work and the insufficient income from her small rice field.

In addition to financial support, the EFWC Program recognized the importance of education for Hien’s children. The program covered the cost of her children’s education, ensuring they had access to quality schooling. This alleviated a significant burden from Hien’s shoulders and allowed her to focus on providing for her family’s basic needs without compromising her children’s future. Furthermore, the program also provided healthcare support, ensuring that Hien and her family had access to necessary medical services.

Beyond the tangible assistance, Hien found solace and strength in being a part of the EFWC’s group of single mothers facing similar circumstances. This support network became a source of emotional support, encouragement, and camaraderie. Twice a year, the program organized outings for the groups, providing them with an opportunity to come together, share experiences, and rejuvenate their spirits amidst the beauty of nature. These outings became cherished moments for Hien, offering temporary respite from the burdens of her everyday life and allowing her to experience joy and happiness.

Hien’s perseverance and hard work began yielding positive results. With the financial stability afforded by the EFWC Program, she was able to gradually pay off her debts, relieving her family from the suffocating grips of financial obligations. The relief from this burden allowed her to focus on nurturing her children’s dreams and aspirations.

Last year, a moment of great joy and pride arrived when Hien’s eldest daughter was granted a scholarship to a Japanese university. This achievement not only validated the efforts and sacrifices Hien had made but also opened doors to a brighter future for her daughter. It was a testament to the transformative power of education and the unwavering support Hien provided as a mother.

Looking ahead, Hien remains determined to secure a better future for her family. With the income generated from her successful pig farming venture, she is now focused on saving money to expand her pig herd further. By doing so, she aims to increase her income, create a more stable financial foundation, and enhance the overall well-being of her family.