This is just the coolest thing! One of our MAP moms has started her business, Upendo’s Internet Cafe and Fresh Juice Bar.
Upendo’s husband left her owing back rent, little food and a two year old handicap child. She was destitute when she came to talk with Mariya, our MAP director.
After talking with Mariya about what she could do to help herself and her baby, Upendo thought she could start a food business making mandazi (like a donut). We began to look for a small shop and found a great spot on a busy corner. But when we interviewed the neighbors they said we have a food business here, what we really need is an internet service.
Upendo had never used a computer so we hired a couple of university students to teach her for a month.
We bought a small fridge to keep the fruit fresh, a blender, some glasses and Mariya, Jennifer, Ashley and Emily had fun experimenting on juice combinations. Upendo always works with her little boy on her back.
Mariya had brought some laptops from Germany so she put two in the shop for Upendo. We bought a printer, some paper and ink cartridges and Wallah! an internet service is born!
We love taking volunteers down to the shop to get a fresh juice, my favorite is orange, pineapple, mango. Yummy!
Now really, how cool is that! An Internet Cafe and Fresh Juice Bar comes to Arusha! Turning hopelessness into Hope. Love it!
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