Women for Women International

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.
Oct 18, 2012

Meet Zia Gul, a WfWI Vocational Skills Trainer

One very important part of WfWI's vocational training skills program is the trainers. Read on to learn about Zia Gul, a WfWI job skills trainer who teaches WfWI program participants how to knit. Her students learn a vital skill which enables them to earn an income to send their children to school.

Zia, a 45 year-old wife and mother, came to Women for Women International-Afghanistan's office holding one pair of knitted socks. She, like most women in Afghanistan, suffered under the Taliban regime, where women were not allowed to attend school or work; appear in public without a burqa; use cosmetics; play sports; wear bright colors; or even laugh out loud.

She struggled to support her 7 children and husband, who was debilitated from a heart attack. Women attending classes at our offices watched Zia as she knitted socks and asked questions. It soon became apparent that many women wanted to learn how to knit like Zia. Zia was hired by Women for Women International-Afghanistan as one of our first vocational skills trainers. Zia is pleased to share her knowledge, "I earn money for my family and share my skills with other women. I am proud to teach others."

Oct 18, 2012

Meet the Washindi/Camp Bien Aime Women's Group

Meet the Washindi/Camp Bien Aime Women's Group, a class of 20 women participating in WfWI's training program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over the course of the year-long training program with WfWI, the women will receive training in basic numeracy and literacy skills, health education, rights awareness, business skill training and specific vocational skills.

Washindi is a women group from Camp Bien Aime district, a poor district where most inhabitants are load carriers, most children do not go to school, and people have one poor meal a day at night.  Washindi is a Swahili name which means the Winners.   They justified the choice of this name saying that their enrollment in the Women for Women International sponsorship program will enable them to overcome their hardships and become winners in all the challenges. 

These women group declare that all the topics were important but they were mostly moved by the business, rights and anatomy related topics. Here are brief bio's on two of the participants.

Bibich Kahiriri is a married mother of 9 children of whom 6 go to school.  She sells fish with a capital which has increased from $30 to $50 thanks to her participation to the Women for Women sponsorship program.  She lives in her family in-law.  The profit she makes from her small business enables her to feed her children and to meet her other needs. 

Judith Mulumenkana is a married mother of 5 children of whom only two go to school because the other 3 are not school aged.  She lives on selling small fresh fish  with a capital that goes from $20 before joining the Women for Women sponsorship program to $45 after receiving business related topics and the monthly sponsorship funds.  As her husband is unemployed, she is the one to take care of her family by feeding, clothing, schooling children, paying medical fees and other basic needs of the family.   

Oct 16, 2012

Meet the Tuhimizane/Kasheke Women's Group

Kasheke Group
Kasheke Group

Meet the Tuhimizane/Kasheke Women's Group, a class of 20 women participating in WfWI's training program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over the course of the year-long training program with WfWI, the women will receive training in basic numeracy and literacy skills, health education, rights awareness, business skill training and specific vocational skills.

Tuhimizane women group live at Kasheke district in the surrounding of Bukavu town.  This group was selected from a vulnerable district after a community assessment conducted by the sponsorship team.  People from this district have no source of income; they are unemployed and live on carrying loads either in the market or at the beach.  Only a small number of women do small trade with a very little capital. 

This group is composed of 20 women who wanted to create a women’s network in order to develop friendship.  Tuhimizane is a Swahili name which means let’s awake awareness of each other.  These women justified the choice of this name saying that alone, one easily forgets or her duties but if there is somebody to awake the conscious, one takes courage and may evolves in whatever she undertakes. 

Despite the hard situation within their households, the women are moving forward.  Read on for stories of a few of the group's participants.

Byamungu, Aimerance,a married mother of a 4 years boy sells fresh milk with a capital of $10. Before joining the program, she used to do business without any calculation.  After receiving the business related topics, she now has the notions of profit and loss.  Thanks to these notions, her capital increased to $30.  Now she easily pays her monthly rent, feeds her family and meets her other family needs.

Gisele M’kazige is married to a husband who left her since 3 years now and he went to live at Burega, a village located at 300 kms drive from her location.  Gisele sells sorghum flour with a capital which increased from $10 to $20 after she got enrolled to the sponsorship program and received the business related topics.   Gisele declares that despite the absence of her husband, she tries to meet her family needs of which food, the $8 of monthly rent and other basic needs. 

Chantal Nawezsa M’buhendwa is a married mother of 5 children of whom 3 go to school. Her husband sells small items at Walikale in a different province in North Kivu.  She used to borrow money in order to sell palm nuts with a capital of $10 and could only take the profit and give back the capital.  Thanks to her monthly sponsorship funds, she has her own capital of $30.  She is now working for herself and takes care of her family peacefully.

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