I’ll Buy My Picky Picky–The Kaberamaido Widows Fund

November 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm 8 comments

Clementina told me, “I am not poor. Because I don’t think like I’m poor.”  After planting her plot of cassava, ground nuts, and even pineapple she has new plans–big ones. “I’ll buy my picky picky (scooter),” she says “and scoot around town to mobilize the people. That’s when I’ll run for government. The votes are there Megan, I tell you the votes are there.”

I met Clementina about three years ago. At the time, she was struggling to feed her children and the new additions she brought into her home after her sister’s death. With some assistance from Asayo’s Wish Foundation, she was able to send her sister’s children to school. After a micro-credit loan from us, she can now better care for her own children as well as  fully provide for her nieces and nephews. And as if caring for nine children and being an elected widows leader isn’t enough, she soon hopes to run for office in Kaberamaido District.

(Catch footage of Clementina in her cassava fields: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huhNP-FDRuw)

Trivani Foundation is working with over 1,000 widows just like Clementina.
They are brave, resilient and inspiring women. Get to know them better by watching footage from our latest visit:

Join us as a partner of the Kaberamaido Widows Fund. Get involved!  


Chris and I are leaving for Nepal this upcoming Monday so stay tuned for posts from the field–we’ll be posting highlights of our trip while in Nepal. Wish us luck!

Until then,


Megan McMillan

Executive Director, Trivani Foundation


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. heartproject  |  November 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    This is inspiring! You all do such great and important work.
    Are you still selling those necklaces to raise funds for the widows?
    – Mikell

  • 2. Quin Bingham  |  November 13, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    What an amazing cause! A micro-loan that provides immeasurable opportunities that otherwise would not be possible. There defiantly needs to be more work like this!

  • 3. Emily  |  November 14, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Clementina.. what an inspiration!

  • 4. Chad Linebaugh  |  November 14, 2009 at 12:36 am

    This is amazing! Very impressive and such a critical mission to help these widows. Trivani and Megan, you are very inspiring to all of us!

  • 5. Rebecca Richards  |  November 14, 2009 at 4:20 am

    The work your foundation is doing is impressive–it’s great to see your efforts impacting lives on such a personal level.

  • 6. Amber L.  |  November 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    What an important cause, to elevate the lives of widows in Kaberamaido! You assist these women, which directly impacts their children and future generations. Thank you, Trivani for your efforts in making the world a better place!

  • 7. Rachelle  |  November 16, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Wow! The youtube clips are great! What Clementina has created for her children and community is amazing. Talk about setting the bar high. She’s alot to live up to. Totally incredible woman!

  • 8. Elisa  |  November 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I loved watching the video and hearing her talk in her own voice. I’m so glad you guys are posting videos. I love the necklaces that the widows of Kaberamaido make, and I’ve already purchased some as Christmas presents for my friends.


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