Teach 4200 women in the Congo (DRC) basic literacy

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.   


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