Poverty increases vulnerability to exploitation and abuse, which in turn strips women of their dignity.
This is why we do what we do!
Our economic empowerment programmes give dignity to women from poor and marginalised communities and helps them to earn a livelihood.
We provide small grants to help women set up a business suited to their abilities and local market conditions.
The women are encouraged to form self-help groups (known as LAMP groups) for mutual support and encouragement, as they generate enough income for a livelihood, some savings and to recycle money for other women to benefit from a grant.
Our field staff help the women to learn basic business and money management skills, and to open a bank account.
We provide vocational training courses – for example, in tailoring or basic computer skills. Some courses are run in partnership with local authorities. We are also replicating the Women's Development Centre model offering a number of accredited courses from one facility. Sometimes we are able to help to provide equipment and materials to enable those who successfully complete a course to start their own business.
We want to see dignity restored to more at-risk women, along with the opportunity to stand on their own feet economically.