We work more widely in the community too, funding HIV testing and education programmes to prevent the further spread of HIV. When someone has tested positive for HIV our team takes them to hospital to collect antiretroviral drugs. This means they can live a full and healthy life and look after their children, therefore breaking the cycle of children being left orphaned.
We also run a micro-credit scheme so people in the villages can borrow money to expand their business, by for example buying bee hives so they can harvest honey, or pedal powered sewing machines for their clothing businesses. We lend £50 to each person and we have a 100% repayment rate. People often go on to borrow more money and grow their business. As most people in this area are farmers, most of them borrow money to buy better seeds and tools, or livestock to increase their food security and income.