Bester’s Story


Employed by a local farmer at age 11, Bester was expected to work at the same speed as his adult colleagues. “The farmer worked the kids the same as adults,” explained Bester, a 2019 Malawi program graduate and carpenter. “If you couldn’t keep up, you were denied a meal.” 

It wasn’t until Bester received child rights training in his Zoe Empowers group did he realize it was against the law to force children to work long hours with no food or pay.

Once Bester understood his rights, he felt empowered by his group to speak out about the farm to Zoe staff and local government officials. As a result, the government stepped in to remove all child workers from the farm permanently

Today, Bester lives a much happier, joyful life. The carpentry business he started has led to great financial success. Bester proudly employs many of his former peers from the farm and provides them with a fair wage and three meals a day. 

Although Bester’s business location is only within a half-mile of the farm, he does not harbor anger toward it. Instead, he views it as a reminder of just how far he has come as an independent young man, thanks to donors like you and his bravery to speak out on child rights.

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