Once again, Gunda pleaded with her son to let her live with him, but once again, he turned her down. Once again, the widow saw a lonely life of toil ahead, a life with little support from others. It seemed that sorrow, disappointment and rejection stretched before her. Would she always be alone, struggling to survive?
Eking Out an Existence
Gunda’s husband had passed away, and both her son and her daughter had married and started their own families. In Gunda’s culture, a daughter typically moves in with her husband’s family, and a son continues to live with and care for his parents, even after marriage. But Gunda’s son chose, for whatever reason, to live separately from her. Gunda had to face life alone.
To survive, Gunda worked in a soybean warehouse but earned such a meager income that she could hardly feed herself one meal a day. Her neighbors wondered how she could subsist in such a situation.
For Gunda, surviving wasn’t difficult just because she had lost her partner and breadwinner; it was difficult because she was a widow…
So many widows live destitute lives, as Gunda once did, facing barriers to earning income and lacking basic necessities. Income-generating tools given in Christ’s name can set these women’s lives on a new path, offering them and their families financial stability and new opportunities. You can be part of showing these 25 million women the love of Christ by helping them provide for themselves and their families.
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