June 2014

Samuel graduated from the program at Manyatta Center in Kisumu one year ago. One of the most joyous and affirming aspects of the CARE for AIDS program is the follow up event that each center hosts every year. In March, some of our team members were able to participate in a follow up event in Kisumu, and former client Samuel had an unforgettable story.

Samuel had successfully completed the program and was thrilled to be united with his classmates on the one-year reunion of their graduation. Samuel’s favorite seminar from his nine months with CARE for AIDS was related to financial literacy. While still in the program, he opened his first bank account and began to save. At the follow up event, he proudly shared that he had saved enough to purchase three motorbikes and had started a small business renting them out and providing taxi services to neighbors. The business had been going so well, he was able to employ one of his center classmates.

Samuel also received Christ during his time in the program and is now leading a young couples group in his home town where he and his wife now live. He is healthy, thriving and is a respected leader and businessman in his community, all thanks to his relationships with his counselors and classmates at CARE for AIDS. Samuel’s story is the perfect example of the ripple effect that each client has on his/her family, church, community and local economy.