|Srebrenica Memorial |
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|Entrepreneur Mirjana Tadic|
Lendwithcare entrepreneur Mirjana Tadic is 43. When the war started she would have been 23. If it is hard enough to imagine living through the terror of war, the terror that a monster like Mladic could force his way into your village and your home at any moment and basically do as he pleases, then imagine trying to rebuild your life afterwards. I find the prospect incomprehensible. However, Mirjana's story is that of a fairytale: a widow bringing up her only son, selling the milk that their cow produces to survive. There are certainly parallels with a certain beanstalk related fable but in this real-life story Mirjana has dreams and she is taking control of them, she doesn’t want to have to steal gold from a giant in the sky in order to achieve them. They are not surviving off the cow, she already has a job, but she is an entrepreneur who wants to buy another cow and use the extra income to build a better life for her and her son. Mirjana is prepared to work hard, but she did need some help - some magic beans if you will - to get started. She needed to borrow £948.66 to buy her second cow, she wasn’t asking for the world and she wasn’t asking for it all from one person. I lent her £15 and what is more she is determined to pay it back. I’ve since heard that Mirjana has been fully funded.
Whilst Mladic was facing his demons in
, Mirjana was bravely looking to the future. Lending with care to her was the least I could do to help secure a happy ending for her fairytale. The Hague
By lendwithcare lender, Daniel Openshaw