Women in rural Ethiopia are saving and earning their own income in self-help groups supported by Womankind‚Äôs partner Siiqqee. The strongest self-help groups will form women-led cooperatives giving women financial independence, leadership skills and increased social status.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017
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I have empowered myself and changed my life through running my own market stall. I have many plans for the future. I want to build my own home and support my children‚Äôs education. I want to continue developing my business and make it more successful.
I have empowered myself and changed my life through running my own market stall. I have many plans for the future. I want to build my own home and support my children’s education. I want to continue developing my business and make it more successful.
Women in Ethiopia face discrimination in all aspects of life; 59% have experienced sexual violence from a partner, 74% of women have undergone female genital mutilation, and their low status limits their access to credit and land. Without an income, a woman is at greater risk of violence and she cannot make decisions that affect her life. An independent income is key for women to control their own lives.
When a woman is financially active, her voice is listened to and counted, her spouse and children benefit and her risk of violence is dramatically reduced. Siiqqee will mobilise the strongest self-help groups to form cooperatives, giving women opportunities to increase their income. A market survey will assess local markets and training will be provided to ensure the women have the skills and resources they need to build a successful and sustainable group business.
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