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Pride in Providing

June 15, 2017 • Kenya

Some dads might be airline pilots, famous athletes, globe-trotting businessmen or in heroic helping professions working as firefighters, police or doctors.

But for many fathers around the world, there is no more fulfilling achievement than to simply be called a good provider.

One father of seven in Kenya is very grateful to Samaritan’s Purse Canada supporters for enabling him to start a successful small business that not only provides for his family today, but will help protect his family from future droughts and food shortages as well.

A Samaritan’s Purse Canada project provided Omar Shehe with a solar charging kit which included an 80-watt solar panel, an inverter and a backup battery, so he could start a mobile phone charging business. His business has experienced remarkable growth and his prospects for the future have too.

“I’m able to charge 70 phones in a week,” says Shehe. This earns him between CAD$7 and CAD$9 each week.

“From this income, I save and use the rest for the purchase of food for my family,” he says. “The importance of savings has now dawned on us, [and] wouldn’t have come at a better time. We thought that only rich could save, but now this has changed thanks to Samaritan’s Purse. We will forever be grateful.”

“From this income, I save and use the rest for the purchase of food for my family”

Samaritan’s Purse projects such as this help men and women provide for their families today and in the future, which is especially important during times of crisis. As the food and refugee crisis spreads and intensifies throughout East Africa impacting as many as 20 million people, projects such as these are a lifeline.

Motivated by the love of Christ, we work with partners and staff around the world to create opportunities for mothers and fathers to feed their families and grow not only in financial security, but spiritually as well.

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