Sponsored elderly in the Philippines are all smiles on their way to Elderly Day activities organized by the Quezon project.
By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound
For our aging friends, having fun is essential to their health and well-being. Unbound hosts events designed to give social opportunities to aging friends like Elderly Day in our Quezon project in the Philippines. Read more
Mothers of sponsored children visit the bank together to withdraw funds to pay their children’s school fees.
Mothers work together to plan their budgets before going to the bank.
Unbound staff members look over the budgets proposed by the mothers.
For many living in poverty in places like India’s Rasoolpura slum, thoughts of saving money and having a bank account are distant dreams. Many have never even stepped foot inside a bank.
In India, Unbound sets up individual bank accounts for sponsored children and youth in which funds sent by sponsors are deposited. For children who are underage, the mothers manage the bank accounts. The mothers work with each other and the Unbound staff to make budgets and plan how the funds will be used for their children’s best interests.
Having a bank account is an empowering, uplifting experience for the mothers.
Savithri uses a microloan from her Unbound mothers group to purchase this charcoal-fired “iron box,” which helps her with her ironing.
Savithri sits with her oldest daughter, Pravallika (left) and her son, Rajesh (right), who is sponsored.
Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we bring you Savithri’s story. From washerwoman to political leader, Savithri shows how mothers groups are empowering women in India to provide for their families and change their communities.