We were greeted in Dera by 10 women who told us their stories of how the Thrive Together program has helped them. They receive micro-loans and in return must attend classes and make commitments, such as keeping their kids in school (which Hope Arising helps to pay for) and have 2 meals a day. One woman was making the equivalent of $1 a month as a housekeeper. With her micro-loan, she was able to buy equipment and supplies to start her own business making injera (a local bread) and weaving baskets. She now has enough money to feed her family and has saved the equivalent of $263. She is amazing! The progress of these women is impressive!