SAFP Success Stories
The main focus of SAFP is to help poverty stricken families in India meet their basic needs and to encourage them to move towards self reliance by the creation of their own personalized income generation projects. The generation projects and livelihood initiatives will lead the family, in time, to be self-sufficient.
Families are expected to be independent within six years. Once the family can support themselves, SAFP will transfer the support to another family or the sponsor may continue the family if they choose.
The following stories describe some of the success SAFP has had with the Family-to-Family development Program:
Mrs. Jancy is able to support herself
Centre for Overall Development: Thamarassery, Kerala
Jancy is a widow with a young daughter who is living with her parents. She applied for assistance from SAFP and has been receiving it since August 2006. She decided to create a bakery and sell the good to near by towns and houses. She rented a room so she would have a space to do all her baking and with a special gift from her benefactor she purchased much needed utensils, dishes and other materials for baking. Her baked goods are in demand and she now supplies other bakeries with a variety of items. With her earnings she started a small poultry farm and began rearing rabbits. She works very hard at both activities and keeps up with all her household tasks. And her daughter now goes to school.
Mr. Abraham is leading a happier life
Shreyas Social Service Centre: Bathery, Wayanad, Kerala
Abraham lives with his wife, Lyla, and their two children. Abraham was unable to work due to a chronic agitation in his foot and Lyla was working as a wage laborer in the agricultural sector to feed the family. Her earning were not enough to meet the basic need s of the family, so they joined the local sangham and were accepted for SAFP assistance. They now have 5 goats plus the offspring they produce and the family was able to construct a cattle shed.
Mr. Thankachan improved social, cultural and financial situation
The Palai Social Welfare Society: Palai, Kottyam, Kerala
Kanattu Thankachan joined the SAFP assistance program in 2003. Through the program, he was able to undergo an Entrepreneurship Development program in the local town. Thankachan is a barbour by profession. He is a very industrious person and he has opened a Barbour shop in a church for which he has to pay rent. He took a loan from the bank apart from the funds he received from SAFP to start his business. The shop has become a great success. He is earning an income of $114 per month. By making a good month profit, his wife Omana purchased 3 goats to sell milk and goat kids for additional income. Overtime, the family was able to build a beautiful three bed room house and purchase new furniture and other equipment to modernize the Barbour shop. They also had enough money to send their children to a good school. They are grateful to the program for helping them improve their social, cultural and financial situation.
(Left) Before FDP assistance (Right) After the Thankachan family received FDP assistance