It’s exciting to know Creative
Women of the World
is going in the right direction as we watch our mission being
Our primary goal is to
offer access and choice to women who are working their OWN way out of extreme
poverty, human trafficking and disaster through creative business
One of our great examples
of achievement is in Kenya, thanks to Jen Foster and Grace Mwangi.
Jen was CWOW’s first long term International Advocate and
introduced us to a Kenyan friend of hers with whom she had worked on a previous
Grace had been married
to a wonderful man named James who headed an organization that matched
volunteers from overseas with local needs.
Sadly, early in their happy marriage he was ruthlessly murdered.
She was left with a young child and no
She is an amazing woman though
and could not be defeated.
God to help her find a way to use her creative skills to build a business that
could support her daughter and her.
was excited to become connected to CWOW and quickly saw potential for herself
and other women in her country!
as assigned to Kenya in 2012.
Jen spent her first term developing relationships with the
group of women Grace had gathered to be trained for business.
Jen and her first term co-advocate, Tina
Moseley and I did the initial training and then Jen carried on from there.
Our goal was to prepare the women to develop
their own businesses that could support them enough to send their children (and
in some cases grandchildren)
to pay for medicine and to provide sufficient food and housing for their
They named their business “Mwangatu”,
which means “Light of Hope”.
mentored them through normal business obstacles.
She encouraged them to keep accurate records
so they could keep their businesses going.
She gave them spiritual tools to keep them encouraged.
And all the while, she gave more and more of the
leadership to Grace.
When I went to
Kenya this past February and in the two trips Nicole Moore took, we observed a
beautiful level of confidence and eagerness in Grace to move forward.
She spoke eloquently at an Africa Discipleship
Conference in Nairobi then traveled to Uganda with me and proved herself a true
Surely, THIS is what we at CWOW hoped
While Jen was mentoring women for CWOW, she also had a major
responsibility in overseeing the Kenya
children who have received sponsorships in four schools spread out over the
By turning over the leadership
of mentoring women to Grace, she now plans to devote full time toward building
more sponsors so these precious children can be educated. My husband, Ron, and
I sponsor Sarah at Rimbe school near Mombassa and it is with great joy and
purpose we send in our regular support checks.
I hope you too will consider sponsoring a child! Follow the link above
to find out how.
Jen will be returning to the States the first part of
I hope you will express to her how
much you appreciate the work she has done for CWOW to empower women by reminding
them of their value and encouraging them to honor the gifts within them that
have prepared them to run sustainable businesses.
Good work, Jen!