The Advocacy for Women Empowerment in Self Help Groups is a project aimed at raising the voices of vulnerable rural women through capacity building programs in the three key pillars of the People's Development.
The three key pillars of the project are the social, economic and political development. The project will empower women in the community to break the cultural trends that look at women and girls as recipients of men's decisions.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The project is specifically targeting vulnerable women and girls who are disadvantaged by underdevelopment due to illiteracy, violence, early marriages, girl child school drop outs and governance participation.
These targeted groups are important partners and having identified the disparities that society and the community has placed on them, there is need to promote local transformation that will empower them to be agents of change.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The vision is to see the women playing a leading role in engaging their leaders and politicians to account for any manifestos and promises made during the elections.
Through this project, we will see many women advocating for political office and leading in community leadership programs that will drive the agenda for women underrepresentation.
The project will promote radio programs for young children to champion their career opportunities.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
The project will use capacity building programs through workshops to prepare the beneficiaries.
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Kachere Development Program is a grassroot which works with women in building their capacity through the women self help groups.
The project has empowered 840 women who have managed through their weekly savings to raise more than US$15,000 in the past two years.
This has also motivated the women to diversify their business opportunities and provide skills to enhance the role of the women in community development.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The project will target 50 women from the 50 groups who will be trained as Master Trainers and 20 girls in schools who will also become Training of Trainers.
Through these trainings, the community will be empowered to sustain their own programs.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We need more funding that will promote education support for girls who have dropped out of school due to child labour and early marriages and teenage pregnancies. The program will also need funding which should promote adult functional literacy as most women can not read or write.
This will help the women engaged in entrepreneurship project to under basic business skills.
Rev. Dennis MIlanzi
Kachere Development Program