Daphny, 55, was young when her parents died. They were very poor, and their deaths left her and her brother with no inheritance. Without an inheritance, there was no way she could pay for a dowry. Without a dowry, there was no way she could ever get married.
As an adult, Daphny has lived with her brother and his family. He was recently diagnosed with a heart condition that prevents him from working, putting his family in danger of living in unbearable poverty. After receiving career training from Cochin Social Service Society, she started a catering company and opened a business as a tailor.
She has been so successful that she has become the primary earner in her family, taking care of her brother, sister-in-law, and nieces. She also employs other members of the community!
Daphny’s story is not uncommon. Thankfully, her brother and his family received Daphny into their home graciously, but many single women in Kerala aren’t so lucky. Many widows and women without dowries are neglected, abused, harrassed, and generally considered to be second class citizens. Sadly, many of them are treated this way by the extended family members they rely on for protection!
The classes and support the Cochin Social Service Society provides are a source of true hope for the women of Kerala. With help from CSSS, they begin to believe in themselves and their abilities, and with practical training they are finally able to put their belief in themselves into action!
When we believe in each other, the possibilities are endless.