LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – This week, a new chapter begins in Tasiyana’s life. Soon, she will go home – a home that should have been hers 15 years ago. When her father passed away in 1996, her uncle moved in and kicked Tasiyana and her mother out. Without the home, they struggled to find shelter and a means of earning a livelihood.
In April 2011, IJM took on Tasiyana’s case. IJM worked with local police to coordinate the uncle’s arrest since he had stolen a property that rightfully belongs to his niece. He evaded the arrest until last week, when he was arrested in the home that will be restored to Tasiyana.
Since IJM met Tasiyana, she has excelled in a business skills training course, offered by the IJM Zambia aftercare team. Today, she is a small business owner who creates beautiful clothing and beaded jewelry to match. And now, she has a place to call home.