Stories of Hope

Revived hope for income generation

December 17, 2019

‘’Vie’s’’ most significant concern prior to her hospital discharge was how she will be able to raise money to support herself and her one year old son. She was abandoned by her husband when she developed her second episode of mental illness. She has been living with bipolar affective disorder for three years. The ability to generate income was identified as a big part of her recovery journey as the YouBelongHOME team prepared her for discharge from hospital. Living with her mother and son, the family’s living conditions were an issue of concern. The family struggles to find food and raise money for other family needs including meeting Vie’s scheduled hospital review appointments. ‘‘my family is really poor, I am not able to get any job and I do not have money to start some activity; I wish I could get back my old life, I was living a very happy life before mental illness. I was sustaining a small business (weaving baskets, mats and table cloths’’. The second episode of mental illness resulted into the loss of crafts making skills and the loss of hope of getting another income generating activity. The long period of hospitalization during her second admission led to loss of her weaving skills.

While working with Vie in the hospital, the YouBelongHOME team built her hope to re awaken her weaving skills. When the team returned her home, she was hopeful and motivated to try to revive her skills in weaving baskets, mats and table cloths for income generation. Through different interactions, the YouBelongHOME team facilitated a discussion with Vie and her mother to identify family resources that can be utilized to buy raw materials for her craft work which yielded good results. She was also able to innovatively learn how to fry chapattis and doughnuts to enhance her income. Vie currently has three sources of income that supplement the family’s subsistence farming. This has built her confidence, a sense of agency and has put her in a stronger position to be supported by family and community members. She contributes to her local community life and lives a happier life. This has also motivated her towards maintaining her mental health recovery.