A sixty-year-old widow in Zimbabwe is able to provide for her four grandchildren thanks to training she received from a project supported by Blythswood Care.
Having completed an eight-month training programme in garment making at Harare Shelter, Edilene makes church uniforms and clothing for boys and girls from her home in Epworth. Sometimes instead of selling them for money she exchanges the finished garments for maize to help feed her family.
Her husband, on whom the household depended, died in 2009 and her daughter has never taken responsibility for the children who have different fathers. Although she suffers from high blood pressure that did not prevent Edilene from taking first prize in gardening and nutrition during her time on the training programme.
Stephen Damuputirai, director of Harare Shelter, says, “Edilene worked hard and impressed us all. She is the oldest person to have completed our programme.”