Upper East, Ghana | 45 years old
Legally blind, husband passed away, 5 children
I am Atintanla Anagolim;
I’m from Baasa, a village in the Upper East Region of Ghana in Africa.
I am a legally blind middle-aged widow with 5 children to look after.
The world can be a cruel place sometimes,
more so for a widowed mother who cannot see.
As a mother of five, not only must I protect my children from the world but also, feed and fulfill their needs. The world can be a cruel place sometimes, more so for a widowed mother who cannot see. As the only bread-winner of the family, I had to spend all my money on food as I do not have a stable income.
Covid-19 had also made it even harder for me to find work. My small family was already struggling. I feared losing them to starvation and other health issues. I didn’t even have a place to settle down at night with family. As if this problem wasn’t enough, one of my children was sick and prescribed medicines which I was unable to pay for. In the search of financial support, I stumbled on one of the liaisons from The Africa In Me, who visited me later.
The Africa In Me, as an organization, considered all our problems as their own and donated food as well as medication to my family. Not only did they feed us, but also they helped me start my own business. I wanted to work for my children to give them a life I have never had. I was really interested in selling groundnuts. The Africa In Me provided me with bags of groundnuts to sell. This will allow me to take care of my family now and in the future. This is all a mother wants for her children - to provide them with opportunities to succeed despite their struggles in life.
Since AFIM helped me, I have emerged as an upcoming entrepreneur in my community despite my visual impairment. Today, I am so thankful; the organization is a gem I will treasure all my life.
This is all a mother wants for her children -
to provide them with opportunities to succeed despite their struggles in life.