Like most 8-year-old girls, Eudel likes going to school, playing with her friends, and spending time with her grandmother – she especially enjoys her cooking.
But Eudel and her family weren’t always able to enjoy these things. Growing up in a rural community in Zimbabwe where few resources were available posed several challenges for her family’s ability to meet daily living needs.
Now, thanks to child sponsorship with Plan International, Eudel is able to break the cycle of poverty and begin a cycle of progress.
Eudel is one of more than 40,000 Plan-sponsored children in Zimbabwe who now have access to education, economic security, clean water, and nutritious food.
Thriving Children, Flourishing Communities
Programs like the peanut butter project have also supported Eudel’s family and community. After Eudel’s father passed away, her mother, Shylit, was left with the difficult task of being the sole provider for her children. She now runs the Plan-funded grinding mill where she and other community members shell, grind, and roast peanuts to produce, package, market, and sell peanut butter. The factory also produces food for the local community.
The successful income-generating project has helped Shylit support her family, while also providing beneficial employment and food-production opportunities for the entire community.
“We are now able to be uplifted,” she said. “You can see we have changed because in our families we are now able to pay school fees that we were unable to pay before. Our children are now able to eat better food – food that has complete nutrients, things we could not afford before. Even malnutrition has been reduced in the community.”
Building Brighter Futures Through Children
Having already seen the impact of Plan’s work on Eudel’s life, as well as the community’s overall well-being, Shylit remains hopeful.
“As time goes on, Eudel will be learning more and keep making progress.” she said. “If she passes and gets a job, she could be in a position to help another person, another child in need, and help in their life.”
For now, Eudel can use clean water from a nearby well, eat balanced meals, and attend school with her friends, meaning she can focus on just being a kid, while also looking forward to a promising future.
Thanks to the generosity of her sponsor, Eudel has the chance to tap into her true potential, opening the door to limitless possibilities.