Marintje is 60 years old, and has lived alone almost half of her life. Her husband passed away a long time ago, she hardly can remember him now. She gave birth to five kids, but lost four of them when they were babies. Back during that time, living in poverty, she had no access to maternal and infant healthcare.
Despite being alone and facing many challenges, Marintje has an unhindered passion to have a better life. Everyday she makes rattan tatami mats, beaded bags and mobile phone cases to sell in town once every two weeks. “Especially during the dry season when my farm doesn’t produce much, I will make more handicrafts to earn more money to buy food.”
She recently bought a d.light S20 solar light from Nene Seret’s Tech Kiosk in Warsambin. “The solar light helps me work at night,” she says. “My eyes are old, and if I have to work in the dim light with tiny beads and thin string, they become watery and tired easily, but I have deadline to catch so I can sell these products in town the next day. With better lighting, I can be more productive at night.”