Our Workers

Brownd

"I really enjoy working here because it is a ministry - especially to help the widows and orphans. I have had a long-time vision of having an orphanage. I have a heart to serve people - especially those who are less privileged. This job is part of my vision. I have a small plot of land and I hope one day to put an orphanage there with training for the children."
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age:
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where currently living in Zambia:
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started working for soap co.:
occupation before soap co.:
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favorite kind of soap:
Brownd Kahona K.
42
Congo
Chingola
wife, 2 sons, 2 orphans
January 2005
ran 2 spare fridge repair shops
run an orphanage
cassia
Christine

"I have had a hard time keeping the children. We are staying in our family home, but other family members want to sell it. My daughter passed grade 7, but can't continue because of finances. I'm very grateful to the Lord for the work. The gift you gave us last week fed my children. The money helped to put my son into grade 1 and I was able to buy some things for his schooling."
name:
age:
where originally from in Zambia:
where currently living in Zambia:
how long a widow:
children/family in household:
started working for soap co.:
occupation before soap co.:
future hopes:
favorite kind of soap:
Christine Phiri
36
Eastern Province
Chingola
3 yrs.
2 sons, 2 daughters
June 2006
not working
start a small shop
lavender
Julian

"All my children stay in the village because I could not manage them and educate them. I don't have a house of my own to bring them. I'm staying with my sister. For the past two years I wasn't able to see my children because I couldn't afford the transport. I am grateful for the widows group and for the chairwoman especially. To have this kind of job has helped me get some money. I bought a pair of shoes for my son last month."
name:
age:
where originally from in Zambia:
where currently living in Zambia:
how long a widow:
children/family in household:
started working for soap co.:
occupation before soap co.:
future hopes:
favorite kind of soap:
Julian Mukupa
37
Northern Province
Chingola
8 yrs.
3 sons, 2 daughters
June 2006
not working
start a small shop
lavender, lemongrass
John



"My vision is for the orphans. I appreciate working with the soap company because indirectly I get to help the orphans. I was an orphan and brought up by my step-father. The Catholics educated me and brought me up. The church's medical examiner of Zambia helped me. I did accounting, marketing, and radiography. I was discharged when I got lukemia from radiation. The Lord brought me here. This is my second regular job. The families here are very different. You can think of something to do or to improve, but you can't do anything because of finances. I want to educate the orphans in addition to just clothing and feeding them. If we can teach them skills then they will be much better off and equipped to take care of themselves."
name:
age:
where originally from in Zambia:
where currently living in Zambia:
children/family in household:
started working for soap co.:
occupation before soap co.:
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favorite kind of soap:
John Chindumba
50
NW Province
Chingola
wife, 7 children, 1 orphan
May 2006
tailoring, machine repair, construction
improve career in soap, train orphans
cassia, lemongrass
Beatrice

"My husband was already unemployed when he died. I have 6 children. Three of the children couldn't go to school for lack of money. It's hard to survive without a spouse to help support and family can't help because they have houses full of their own children and orphans. I thank God for putting me in this job and in the widows group. A little money will help me get things for my children."
name:
age:
where originally from in Zambia:
where currently living in Zambia:
how long a widow:
children/family in household:
started working for soap co.:
occupation before soap co.:
future hopes:
favorite kind of soap:
Beatrice Zulu
48
Eastern Province
Chingola
1 yr. 5 mo.
2 sons, 4 daughters
January 2007
not working
own a business
lemongrass
Mary



"I am Sister Mary. For the past 10 years I have been passing through problems since my husband passed away. The hardest part is keeping the children. I am staying in another family's living room with five of the children who offered to help us. Two of my children should be in grade 9 and 10 but I have failed to get them in school. My first-born daughter's husband passed away and I am also keeping their two children. I have been trying here and there to do what I can, but I have failed. I give thanks to the Lord for the work here. It is nice not to have to stay home doing nothing."
name:
age:
where originally from in Zambia:
where currently living in Zambia:
how long a widow:
children/family in household:
started working for soap co.:
occupation before soap co.:
future hopes:
favorite kind of soap:
Mary Phiri
(doesn't remember)
Eastern Province
Chingola
10 yrs.
3 sons, 3 daughters
June 2006
not working
work in the market
lavender, lemongrass
Dilys

"I am Dilys. I am an orphan. I love the lemongrass soap. I hope to start a business one day."
name:
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favorite kind of soap:
Dilys Ndumba
28
NW Province
Chingola
none
November 2006
not working
start a business
lemongrass