Women in Zambia typically marry at a young age, usually with only a 7th grade education, no job skills and no employment experience. Many have been widowed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At the death of her husband, a widow is often no longer recognized as part of the husband's family. If this occurs, all financial and material resources are confiscated (property grabbing) and returned to the deceased husband's family. This can leave the widow homeless, destitute and hopeless with no way to care for herself or her children. Many turn to financial assistance from neighbors or family for provision or may turn to prostitution for income.
Wiphan empowers widows living in poverty by training them with practical job skills in hospitality, computer keyboarding or jewelry crafting. While in training, they are encouraged and discipled through Biblical teaching and worship.
The women graduate from the training programs knowing who they are in Christ and with a legitimate means of supporting themselves, their children and the additional people who live in their household.
The cycle of poverty is broken.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."