About Doreen Tseka
Mr. and Mrs. Tseka lived together with their three children in Chinsapo, Malawi when Mr. Tseka decided to move to South Africa to find work. At first he sent money back to help support his family, but then the support stopped and so did the communication with his wife, Doreen. It has been more than a year that she has now been caring for her three children alone. But if you talk to Doreen, she is very thankful for the encouragement and community that she has found in the Women's Empowerment program through The Chisomo Idea. She was given a microloan to help her grow a business selling tomatoes and n'sima to fellow community members. Before she had the income from her business she could only afford to feed her children one small meal a day, she could barely afford to pay their school fees and she could not take her children to the doctor when they were sick. As her business has flourished, she is now able to feed her children two healthy meals a day, send them to school and was able to improve her son's health by treating him for malaria and tuberculosis. Through her own hard work of becoming a business woman, she has also inspired her children. Shakiru, 13, loves playing football, studying English and wants to be a soldier when he grows up. Gabriel, 11, also loves to play outside and is doing well in school. Tokandwa, 6 also loves English and wants to be a nurse one day. Doreen has worked hard to provide for her family and believes that a family that prays together stays together. She continues to work and encourage other women in her community- and to help them realize the power that is within them and that with God, all things are possible.