Washing machine for Rosa
Rosa, 54, and Abraham, 56, are certainly doing whatever they can to make ends meet. Separately, they each immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia around 30 years ago. They met, married and had five children (now ages 14-30) together.
For over 20 years, Abraham has been steadily employed as a warehouse worker. Rosa worked in a factory but after a work accident left her with chronic back issues, she began working as an aide to the elderly. As a result, she is now earning half of what she previously earned. Four of the children are still living at home, and Rosa and Abraham struggle to make ends meet. In addition to their daily expenses, the couple is trying to pay off various debts.
Recently, Rosa and Abraham joined a social services program that helps impoverished families improve their circumstances. They are helping Rosa claim disability and trying to guide the couple in managing their finances.
Rosa and Abraham don’t own a washing machine. Rosa either washes the family’s laundry by hand or carries it all to the local laundromat. The couple clearly cannot afford to buy one, but a washing machine would certainly help improve their quality of life. It’s rewarding to help a family that is trying so hard to help themselves.