Together we are bringing hope to brewers through transformational trainings
Over the past four years, Empowering Lives International has helped 882 people change their course in life 180 degrees – turning away from the darkness of illicit alcohol brewing towards a new life in an alternate occupation. You can be a part of this exciting movement of change that is happening in Kenya today.
What is the situation?
At first glance, brewing alcohol may be seen as an opportunity for a consistent income. But there are numerous pitfalls to the lifestyle. Home brewing is illegal and there is a constant fear of police raids. When a raid occurs, people are beaten, equipment is destroyed, and heavy bribes are often demanded. Left indebted with no known alternative, they are driven deeper into brewing, creating increasingly potent blends. Thousands have died recently, and many more consumers have been blinded by the rising ethanol content laced in home brew.
Brewing invites alcoholics into the home and creates a chaotic and unsafe household. Children are neglected and sometimes abused. They are even given brew as a meal substitute when no food is available. The majority of brewers are women, and these women are desperate for a way out.
Read Pius’s story and watch his testimony for insight into how brewing affects the whole family.
The demands of customers prevent women from being able to care for their own families.
Your help brings about change
ELI hosts a week long training for people who are looking to leave brewing. During these trainings, participants are trained in alternate occupations like poultry, bee keeping, and running a small shop. But more than learning new skills, they are also told about the infinite love God has for them, and their worth in His eyes. They experience real freedom when they learn that they are of utmost value to God. They often share with joy that this training gives them change from the inside out!
Join the movement
The brewers we have reached so far are many but there are hundreds more people looking for this same change. We need your help to continue these trainings!
What is the cost of the trainings?
$90 provides a life changing training for one person and covers:
– A pre-training village visit to ensure the right people come to the training.
– The week of training including meals, lodging, facilitators, and materials.
– A village follow-up visit to encourage success spiritually and economically.
($2,700 can sponsor an entire group of 30)
Giving monthly provides ongoing support so that these trainings can continue to bring hope to marginalized brewers and their families.