I say it all the time: I am so thankful for the opportunity to be an entrepreneur in my South Dakota small town, for a million different reasons. But I’m not the only one who recognizes the blessings of entrepreneurship for women — and not just here in South Dakota.
In fact, not even in the country. There is an organization helping widows and orphans in Uganda learn how to read, run a business, manage money, develop specific skill sets, and more. This nonprofit is called ROWAN (Rural Orphans and Widows AIDS Network).
ROWAN’s vision is to bring hope to HIV and AIDS widows and orphans in rural Uganda. They do this in a variety of ways, including education for orphan children and a comprehensive four-year training for widows called the Legacy Program, enabling them to be self-reliant.
I met Kelsey Hargadine through a mutual friend, and she is one of the co-founders of ROWAN. I got to talk with her on Friday all about the organization, as well as hear about their current campaign to raise $6,000 for their Legacy Program.
Rebekah Scott Designs has partnered with ROWAN for this campaign, and so with any donation you make, you will be entered to win a giveaway package that includes a 1948 Cleo clutch bag, a wallet and a pound of fresh coffee from Genesis Coffee Supply (Kelsey’s coffee roasting business that also supports ROWAN).
The drawing will be Thursday, March 10, so don’t delay on making your entry!
Here is a description of the impact your donation makes from ROWAN’s website:
“ROWAN supports the widow or orphan until they are able to sustain themselves with no cut off age. We see students finish school and begin their first jobs; we train widows on starting their own businesses, save and take care of their family. You get to be a vital part of their journey!”
I highly encourage you to browse ROWAN's website to get a deeper understanding of everything they are doing, and I also encourage you to give generously to this work that is the hands and feet of Jesus.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” — James 1:27