Creative Capacity Building Inspires Life-Change

A 55-year-old widow in East Africa took in five orphaned children and is raising them on her own. On the brink of abandoning her weaving business, she attended an ECHO East Africa Creative Capacity Building training and realized she could widen the looms to meet the demands of her customers.

Now Marilyn is using her improved business not to just support herself and the family she is raising – she is also helping young, un-wed mothers. Marilyn says, “I wish to see vulnerable youth receive life skills and education that will enable them to be self-employed.”


ECHO provides sustainable options to world hunger through agricultural training, innovative options, and networking with community leaders and missionaries in 180 countries and online through ECHO seeks to find agricultural solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions. ECHO’s international headquarters is located in Fort Myers, FL. Visit



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