Mothers' Union

Rebuilding livelihoods - putting women first

Despite poverty, conflict and abuse, women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are ambitious and looking to improve their livelihoods. We will support them through literacy and skills training to grow businesses, while building confidence to speak out and take on leadership roles in the community.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (240531)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


Congo, the Democratic Republic of the


Although women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are vital to producing food in the country, they have had less opportunities to go to school and lower literacy levels than men. This makes it harder for them to secure their property rights, grow their businesses, take part in community decision making and have the confidence and voice to advocate for their rights. This leads to lack of empowerment and equality with men making them increasingly vulnerable to gender-based violence.


Using our DRC community networks, we will use a self-help approach to improve literacy skills for economic and social empowerment. We will target women but also work with men to ensure their participation to bring about sustainable change. We will deliver a comprehensive community-led literacy training programme which includes savings, business and agricultural skills and will run alongside integrated gender training. After which the savings and credit groups/farmer cooperatives are created.

  • Thank you to everyone who has given to our Big Give Christmas Appeal so far. If you have not yet had the opportunity to give, there is still time to support our work and help us double our project reach. Although your generous gift will not be match funded, it will still help transform a life.

    — Mothers' Union

  • As a girl, I attended primary school, but when my mother and father died, so did my education. Thanks to Mothers’ Union, I can now read and write. I also teach other women how to read and write and how make dresses they can sell.

    — Theresa, project participant, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • To grow up as a girl or to be a Mother in the Democratic Republic of Congo is hard to imagine unless you have seen it. You have to be strong and take courage and many women do. However, for our sisters who cannot read and write, it so much harder to be strong.

    — Marthe, Project Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo