Project impact stories
“I’m more confident and fearless now” – Eililoy’s story
Eililoy Kamwendo, 62, was trained as a solar engineer on VSO's Solar Mama's pilot project in Malawi. She says that the project is changing the way women are viewed in her community.
“Now I know that I can do things on my own.” – Dines’ story
A single mother whose husband left her when their children were still young, Dines Msampha, 42, has seen her monthly income more than double since she was trained as a Solar Mama.
“Very few girls miss school in this community now” – Nirmala’s story
Nirmala was struggling at school, getting fail marks. Big Sister Durga Bista convinced Nirmala’s parents of the value of education and inspired her to attend school regularly.
Meet Durga: A Big Sister with a huge impact
When Durga Bista was 18, she dropped out of school to get married and dedicate her time to household chores. Now, she volunteers as a ‘Big Sister’, vulnerable girls in her home community of Ranighat to attend and stay in school.
A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Suhul Hospital
It was Rahel Beyan’s lifelong ambition to nurse people back to health. In Tigray, Ethiopia, where she lives, she’s been working as a nurse alongside VSO volunteer Miriam Etter to improve conditions at the Suhul hospital – making her dream a reality.