“The Role of a Grandmother Should Never be Despised” Jariat’s Story
Grandmothers of today need to be described as a new generation of “Superwomen.” We are truly inspired by the determination, the desire and courage of our widowed Grandma Jariat. At nearly 80 years old, she proves to us over and over again that age should never stop you from doing what you love! Jariat is photographed above in the header of this article.
After losing her husband in war many years ago, Jariat struggled to raise their 9 children and did so in poverty. Unfortunately, 8 of them died along the way and she only has 1 surviving child. Throughout life Jariat has always been enterprising and very resourceful. For years she sold sugarcane and whatever edible thing she could grow in her garden. This helped provide for her family’s everyday needs. As she grew older, she became overwhelmed and decided to close down her business.
When Jariat joined the ROTOM Senior Friendship Program 6 years ago, her desire was to revive her business once again. Fortunately, with support from her ROTOM US senior friend Jariat was able to open up a small kiosk at her home where she now sells “foodstuffs” and firewood in her front yard. She says, “I have found a wonderful family through ROTOM and appreciate ROTOM for helping me get back on my feet. My support friend helped me build a kiosk where I earn some income. I am now able to meet basic household needs for myself and my grandchildren.” Grandma Jariat is incredible person and inspiration and gives us a new appreciation for the roles that grandmothers’ play in the lives of our families and communities.
May God bless you abundantly for all your contributions towards seniors in Ethiopia and Uganda to live dignified and fulfilled lives.
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