Bora's Story

Democratic Republic of Congo

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I am so grateful to The Leprosy Mission and to God for the help I have been given

Bora Alphonsine is 31 years old. Not everything has been uncomplicated in her life, especially how leprosy threatened her entire future

When Bora was 16 she discovered spots on her arms and her lip. Since her father already had suffered from leprosy, her family understood that the spots were signs of the same disease and so they took her to a hospital where she was able to receive the correct medication in time.

Bora lives alone with her three children in a little house. She’s received support from The Leprosy Mission in DR Congo. She grows beans and manioc around the house to get some income, but she also received some small credit from TLM to buy cans of petrol.

Now she sells the petrol in smaller cans and makes a small profit from the many mopeds and motorbikes on the island where she lives. She’s now able to put this extra income towards schooling for her children.

“Today I am proud to be healthy, without any grave consequences of leprosy. I am so grateful to The Leprosy Mission and to God for the help I have been given.

“I have been given the chance to be a part of The Leprosy Mission’s committee in DR Congo and I feel accepted by the others. I am integrated into the group and the community and I no longer feel like an outcast.”