Thirty-two-year-old Rosa* and her husband owned a tailor shop in their small Asian village. Although she loved to sew, she could not yet read or write.
Her illiteracy hindered her from developing the business. She could not take customers’ measurements, so used old garments as patterns for making new ones. If someone wanted a new design, Rosa could not even record their measurements for a different pattern.
She felt ashamed.
One day, she heard about a OneBook literacy class starting in her village. She seized the chance and signed up. In the first week alone, Rosa learned the numbers from 1 to 100—her primary goal. The next step was to learn the alphabet and begin reading simple stories in her own language. Her confidence grew.
Today Rosa’s business is thriving, and so is she!
OneBook partners with local Christians and churches in Africa and Asia. Through Canadian sponsorship, they work to translate Scripture into local languages and lead community literacy programs. It’s all about seeing Jesus’ love transforming people from the inside out—like Rosa.