“Honestly, if not for the loan I received, I don’t know what I would have done,” says Rikiya.
When Boko Haram attacked her village in northern Nigeria, Rikiya and her children had to flee. They returned to find everything had gone. As a widow, Rikiya faced economic and social exclusion – she now receives loans from Open Doors partners that help her get an income from farming goats.
There are so many women like Rikiya, in Nigeria and across the world, who are doubly vulnerable: each one of these women is persecuted for her faith and for her gender. Whether she’s been widowed, experienced trauma or simply doesn’t have the same economic empowerment as men in her community, your continued gifts and prayers can sow seeds of hope for your sister.