“Kushona” means sewing in Swahili. Our goal is to raise money for a total of 10 treadle sewing machines for a group of 40 poor widows in Kitale, Kenya.  Our family gave one machine at Christmas time, and now I’d like to invite others who are inspired to help increase the number of machines…

Pastor Wangai and two of the widows

These women work the machines in a cooperative manner under the directorship of Pastor Wangai Rukwaro in Kitale. I have known Pastor Wangai for many years through the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, of which he has been a member for many years.

The name of his ministry is Masters House Ministries. Here he is with 2 of the widows in his congregation with their first new machine. I am particularly touched by the serenity in the face of the woman sitting at the machine.

There are about 40 widows in the group.  As of this writing, they have 2 sewing machines now, and Pastor Wangai said it would be wonderful to get them up to 10 machines, and the 40 women would share those machines. These are set up in a cooperative area.  The women also help help each other with childcare, and they pray together.

Each time we add sewing machines – I will post about it, and I will place an immediate update in the comments, below – for an easy “history” on the project.

So – if you feel inspired to learn more, please read the Cooperation page, above.

Also – please sign up for the free e-mails on this site – (see the upper right corner). I will send out announcements and photos as each new machine is received and put into action.

God bless you!

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

14618 Tyler Foote Road

Nevada City, CA 95959



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. marykretzmann
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 17:41:33

    a friend from Kenya left me this message on facebook:

    “I am really happy with your efforts to help those women and I will have you in my prayers that all will go well and the project will be a success.
    As for the name of the project I would suggest ‘Tumaini kwa kushona’ which would loosely translate to ‘Hope from sewing”. I might come up with a better name and I will be sure to pass it on to you.

    Good luck again with the project.”
    Daniel B.


  2. marykretzmann
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 07:50:04

    As of today – they now have 4 sewing machines! Pastor Wangai will send photos soon, and I’ll post them on this blog.


  3. marykretzmann
    Aug 05, 2010 @ 11:45:20

    They are now up to a total of 6 sewing machines


  4. Nancy Cralle
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 13:45:08

    Dear Mary,
    What a wonderful project, it lifts me and inspires me just to read it. You are wonderful. I would love to help with this project as soon as we become financially stable again. Leslie Satter has a couple of part time jobs, not the amount we need monthly, but certainly better. At least things are moving, and she’s getting responses from her resume’s. She is still in my prayers, and I will pray for this project also.
    Much love, Nancy


    • marykretzmann
      Sep 15, 2010 @ 15:42:22

      Dear Nancy,
      Thank you for your prayers for this project. It is deeply appreciated… And I looks like some folks will be helping with a gift to purchase the goats.
      Love and joy!
      PS- So glad to know Leslie has some work…She might appreciate this:
      Opening to Divine Abundance, by Mary Kretzmann

      (Please excuse me if I have already given this link to you before!)


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