She is shown here dancing in a training session where she is learning to work better with people living in financial need. Read More
Last summer, Israel and Shelter in Zimbabwe started a school for orphans and other children who could not go to school otherwise. They started in their home, and now have about 150 children with uniforms and a small building to meet in. Read more here
Hanitra is shown here with some of the children who she is helping with food during an extreme drought where she has lived her whole life in Madagascar Read more
One of the people who your purchases help to support is Brian Mutarwa in Zimbabwe. Brian helps people in Africa to start their own businesses. Brian has had schooling and years of experience in business, and now works most of the time teaching others to run new businesses. What Brian does is an exceptionally valuable way of increasing prosperity in Africa. It is a much more long term project than supplying food or other needs, but the long term benefits can make a huge difference. Brian says “People from China and the west see the opportunities in Africa, but our own people get left out”. Read more
Salamatu doesn't know her true age, and does not know her parents. She is probably 14 years old however. She is one of several Fulani girls in Northern Ghana who your purchases are helping to train for sewing skills. Read More
Alfred and Helen are an educated, capable and very respected couple. They recently moved with their family to a very poor and more crime prone neighborhood, from a home in a much different type of place. Read More
One of the people we send money to who helps others is named Sinorie in the south part of Madagascar. There is a severe drought there now, and people there are really suffering.
We have known Sinorie since before the drought started. The last few months we have been sending her an extra $100 each month to help other people with. Sinorie is not highly educated, and does not speak English well, but she has a beautiful heart. Here is what she wrote back to us about this today. The photo is of one of the women who was helped with this extra gift who she is writing about.
I am writing about the money you gave us, 3 men and 9 woman receive the support. They are very happy.
One woman thanks you for the gift because it helped when they have not food and water, her husband does work far away. She said she read john 17:5 and pray to God for food and God sent me to give it to her. Water is very expensive in the village. Sometimes there is none to buy for cooking.
Thank you very much.
Half of the profits from your purchases at Africa Imports goes to help people like Sinorie and the people she helps in her community. Thank you again for your business and for making these gifts possible.
One of the more interesting people who your purchases helps to support in Africa is Kingfred – shown in the blue shirt and facemask here. Kingfred lives in a small village on an Island in Lake Tanganyika between Zambia and Tanzania. There are over 20 small villages on this island. Read more
Martha in Zambia has worked as a Nurse in different hospitals. She has also worked as an HIV counselor, and had started a preschool in her home. In 2014 she “retired” and now spends her time helping and educating vulnerable and abused women. Read More
One of the people in Africa who Africa Imports sends money to is Pharen. Pharen lives in Zambia where she teaches sewing and some other work skills to women who have suffered abuse. Pharen had been doing this work almost full time as a volunteer with no pay for many years before we met her in 2018. She receives only $100./month from us (a small amount by even African standards), but this is enough for her to live on with her very simple lifestyle. Read More
Golden and Dorothy both teach in a school that teaches vulnerable and disadvantaged children. In addition to their teaching work, they also put together and coach different groups of women to earn income through small businesses that they work with each other on. They call these groups of women self-help groups.
The women in these self-help groups each save up very small amounts of money which they Read More
One Africa Import’s helpers in Zimbabwe recently had to slow down on his regular work when coronavirus caused some shutdowns. They could have relaxed a little bit with the extra time off. They are both passionate about making a difference for children however. Read More
Angela lives in Zambia where she is in school for nursing, and where she works part-time assisting and counseling people with AIDS. For the last several years, we have been sending a relatively small amount for Angela to live on. This is considered payment for her services to AIDS sufferers and allows her to continue her schooling.
There can be a lot of shame that is associated with having AIDS in many African cultures. It is often very difficult for people suffering with AIDS to stay healthy socially and emotionally as well as physically. Angela gives basic medical advice and assistance in everyday life adjustments to these patients. Angela is also HIV positive.
This is Thabiso and Lunga in South Africa. They were just married. Thabiso recently graduated from college and works overseeing a work skills training center for a large group of disadvantaged women. He has also been organizing food distribution for people affected by covid-19. We have been paying part of Thabiso’s work costs for the last 18 months. He is very capable.
Lunga graduated from medical school and is beginning her residency. These two were just married a couple of months ago. She is not technically supported by Africa Imports, but she feels the same way as Thabiso about the work that they do. These two are both people who are really needed and can make a big difference for a lot of people in Africa. They both have a strong commitment to helping others, and money is not the reason that they go to work each day. But they could not do what they are doing or use all of their potential without the money that they get from you and us.
Joseph and Mary live in a rural area of Zambia where they do farming, and teach others to use better farming methods. They have three teenage boys. Joseph also teaches and coaches boys soccer.
When we first met Joseph, I was exceptionally impressed with his dedication. Without having any money, he went through some training for farming with methods that make the land much more productive. These slightly advanced methods are not common in the area where he and Mary live. While doing this, Mary counseled and taught young women who had been abused how to read and do more skilled work. They continued their work without regular pay.
After this, they moved back to the area where they lived before. They showed others how to use the farming methods that they had learned, and developed a garden that used irrigation techniques to produce much more food than was commonly produced by others. They have continued to develop and expand this garden so that other in this community can be supported by it as well. There are also a number of children and young people who come to their home for assistance.
Here is how these seven kids in Tanzania get to and from school each day. The school is about 4 miles from their home.
Magessa (shown here) and his wife Anastasia take care of these seven orphan children. Your purchases from Africa Imports help to pay the cost of their school and meals.
Maybe you are also better at wearing a mask than these first-year medical students in Zambia. They are learning fast though. Your purchases are paying for medical school for Clive (shown in the middle without a tie). Clive is from a difficult home, but was still one of the best students at Good News school– which your purchases support. A lot of us are very proud that he was able to get accepted to this college to begin his medical studies. Your purchases from Africa Imports are now helping to pay his medical school costs.
Faly and Holy (mother) just had their first child (Phineas) in Madagascar. Holy is someone we have known and helped to support while she helps refugees from the Island of Comoros with their families. Because their child was born with asthma and some other complications, these parents needed to buy some “very expensive” medicine right away. The cost was $35.US per day for 10 days. They had $150 from some other relatives, and money from your purchases gave them the other $200. It may not be big money by US standards, but it was enough to make a really big difference in the life of this child and family.
Cecelia is a nurse in Zambia who does medical for people with no other access to medical services. Your purchases helped to pay for some of Cecelia’s schooling as a nurse. Now these purchases pay some of her living expenses while she does this work. A part of each order from Africa Imports is used to support African people who work to help others with even greater needs.
Miora lives in Madagascar, where she teaches young children. She is paid for this through your purchases. In January we sent her a small bonus to pay for glasses she needed. She sent us this photo of her new glasses taken outside of her home. It was kind of a surprise to get. She lives in a very inexpensive home, but Madagascar gives her a view that would cost a fortune here.
After school some of the kids shown here go home to teach their own mothers to read. These children all come from very poor homes, and could not easily afford to go to school normally. Your purchases pay most of the costs of Good News school on Lake Tanganyika where they (and 150 other children) attend school each day.
There are 5 homeless young men in Nairobi who worked together to make these key chains. Each key chain had all of the beads being strung by hand. Your purchase helped to make a big difference to the men shown here. They were each needing work, and were able to take pay some of their expenses that they probably could not have otherwise.
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"Thanks to Africa imports...I do feel closer to Africa, and I'm very grateful to be a part of a company who gives to those who are really less fortunate. God bless this company. Thanks."
- Lasandra Fort Worth Texas