Aminata Traore, 48, lives with her children and step-sisters in Sebenicoro, outside of Mali’s capital city. Since her husband died, the mother-of-eleven has been struggling to provide for her family.

Aminata has struggled to provide for her children.

Aminata has struggled to provide for her children.

“My husband was not rich but he could afford the main family expenses,” Aminata told us during our Ramadan distribution last year. “When I lost my husband, I did not have a job and I am not used to asking for charity.

“All the children had to leave school. I then received help from some relatives, enabling me to meet the basic needs of my children.”

Even with the help of relatives, for six years Aminata fought to make ends meet. But then the family received a lifeline. One of her children was enrolled on Islamic Relief’s orphan sponsorship scheme, which provides the household with a regular allowance.

Aminata's son, who is sponsored through Islamic Relief.

Aminata’s son, who is sponsored through Islamic Relief.

“I used this money to set up a retailing business at our local market. In addition to that, I am renting a piece of land where I grow vegetables. I am now the main breadwinner. Now, the three youngest [children] are attending school.”

Freedom from the burden of finding food at Ramadan

Islamic Relief also provides the family with Ramadan and Qurbani foodpacks, which ease her worries about finding food during the holy month and religious festivals.

“I benefit from the Ramadan food package, [which enables] me to provide food to my children during the full month of Ramadan.  The Ramadan packages are a great support to us. They really removed a great burden from my back.”

In 2014, Aminata’s 50 kilogramme parcel contained rice, macaroni, cooking oil and sugar. She was one of over 28,300 to benefit from our distribution in Mali.

Aminata speaks to Islamic Relief at her home.

Aminata speaks to Islamic Relief at her home.

“I thank Islamic Relief very much for its assistance. I thank all the donors throughout the world and ask them to keep on assisting poor people. May God reward them with the best rewards in this life and in the next.”

Last year, a staggering 1.1 million poor people benefitted from Islamic Relief foodpacks at Ramadan. Help us to reach even more people this year: donate to our Ramadan appeal.