2020

Partner of the Year

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Iriny

Partner of the Year, 2020

Iriny's business of selling clothes to her neighbors has supported her children in a way that is often not possible for children in Upper Egypt who have lost their fathers.

Watch her video interview to hear Iriny's powerful message of hope!

We are proud to announce that the 2020 Business Partner of the Year is Iriny from Tema! She exemplifies all the qualities that make all of our partners so special, and she embodies KV’s mission of Empowering Opportunity Through Fellowship. 

A widow and mother of three, Iriny was pressured by the family of her late husband to “die with him” and stay home in perpetual mourning. After they denied several requests for financial support, she recognized that her children’s needs were not being met and realized that she was the only one capable of providing them with a bright future. She defied the cultural norms of her community and took the initiative to start a business that would support her and her children.

In 2019, Iriny started a small merchandising business out of her home on her own . . . open the 2020 Annual report to read her full story!

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"Without Koinonia’s advice, prayers, and financial support, I couldn't have done any of this. My dreams would have been impossible if I had to pay interest to a bank, and we would have been in a significantly different place. Koinonia is my answered prayer." - Iriny

We are so proud of Iriny and incredibly inspired by her example!