“I’m very happy with the sewing machine that I bought from World Vision’s cash assistance. The income that I have for sewing clothes is used for buying the basic needs of our children at home,” Janica says.
The 25-year-old mother of five is currently earning between Php350.00 ($6) and Php500.00 ($9) a piece of sewn clothes and other materials such as bedsheets. Her husband earns a living as a tricycle driver.
Janica recalls how they struggled to make both ends meet. “My husband’s income isn’t enough. At that time, I don’t have any work. It was difficult for us to provide for our daily needs, especially our children.”
When she received the cash assistance from World Vision’s Childhood Rescue Project, she immediately asked her husband to accompany her to the city to buy a sewing machine and other materials needed for her to start her sewing business. There they also bought cloth and threads.
She opened her sewing business the next day. Soon after, the community learned about her sewing business and they began to have their clothes repaired and made by Janica.
“I made a good profit. My profit depends on my customer’s requests. Some would want to have their pants, shirts and other textile repaired,” she says. “World Vision’s financial assistance to us really changed our life, especially my children.”
Childhood Rescue Project is World Vision’s intervention to ensure that children’s well-being in the cities of Marawi and Cotabato, south of the Philippines, are protected and advocated.
Our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith. Together we can protect children today, and empower them for tomorrow.