While business isn't my area of expertise, we managed to come up with ideas.. the flower group chose to contact landscapers, the sewing group to make school uniforms, and my personal favourite from Blessings: cooking their produce and introducing 'rolexes' to Kenya!
My bag was overflowing with gifts: FemPads made by Sharon Multani-Colebrook, a portable DVD player from Thare Machi Education. and in addition there were funds received from friends and supporters around the world.
Julia, a young woman with disability, lives in a slum with her two young children in a house of 10 square feet of corrugated iron sheets... Through selling boiled eggs, she is able to buy food for her children. This is but an example of how a small donation or loan can empower one woman.
As a young African woman, I feel the need to speak as to how I would like to see our potential built. Young women are currently disproportionately affected by the high unemployment rates on the continents and for those who are employed they are prey to sexual violence and harassment and unequal pay...
The sessions were highly interactive and by the end of the workshops some chiefs lamented having helped GBV perpetrators to commit even more atrocities. “We ask SURCOD to reach out to our subjects as well with the same information.”, one chief requested.
Ameer Zadi knew that there was a public meeting for free distribution of land among village females. Luckily, her name was selected. She was very happy and excited, but she never imagined how difficult it is to get documentation for her land title.
I've met women's groups, flower growers, and a disabled group so far - and each time I am astounded by how much they do for each other... they scrape together what little they have as individuals, put it together, and work as hard as they can to make things better for the whole group...