By Sarah Dotlich - Africa Program Director, IDEX
Sarah Dotlich, IDEX Africa Program Director recently visited Rural Women’s Movement (RWM) to learn more about their work and the current issues facing rural women in South Africa today. She met with the women of Amahlubi in the rural province of KwaZulu-Natal where RWM, with the support of donors like you, has:
• Set up a rural office now equipped with computers;
• Established a meeting space for women to develop business skills (businesses include catering, sewing and agriculture);
• Provided training for the women in sustainable agriculture; and
• Negotiated with the local leaders to allocate them a plot of land to grow their vegetables, which they will sell to members of the community.
While in KwaZulu-Natal, Sarah met Nonhlanhla, a member of RWM since it was founded in 2000. Thanks to a small loan from RWM’s microcredit project, Nonhlanhla secured the necessary supplies to begin her work with the local Department of Forestry on a contract to fell non-native trees from the forest. The loan enabled to pay for the necessary supplies to do the work which has lead to her securing the contract over the long-term and Nonhlanhla now has employs workers at her small business. She also acts as chair to the local RWM committee where over 100 women meet on a monthly basis to share ideas about income-generating projects, learn how to secure birth certificates for their children which are necessary in order to ensure they can go to school, and receive HIV/AIDS prevention education and tips on how to live positively with the disease.
Thank you for your continued support of this impressive work.
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