My name is Nalda Odes and I am the coordinator of The Association of Women for Action in Gwomòn (AFAGM), a women's association in the Gwomòn area that fights against all sources of discrimination against women and that strives for their advancement on social and economic levels.
We were founded in 2007 and have 250 members. [Our partnership with Lambi Fund came about after] we looked at the needs of the women in our community and decided to propose a community credit fund project
.While this project has not helped me personally, it has helped theorganization and many of our members. This is a women's organization and within it, there are members who are merchants and a lot of them did not have the means or opportunity to conduct their business.
Thanks to the project with Lambi Fund, these women received loans which allowed them to get on their feet and purchase merchandise to sell and to make their businesses move forward. Also, we have seen a growth in the number of members thanks to this partnership.
My hope for the AFAGM is to see more women join the organization and become members and for more women to actually gain professions and to have the means to operate their own businesses, so that they can stand firmly on their own.
I had the opportunity to attend Lambi Fund's Gender Equity and Civic Education training and I would say that the gender equity training was great. This is what we work on in our association, so it was important to get this reinforcement.
The civic education [was important] as well. Seeing and learning about our past heroes, our history, what we have been through and what makes us what we areas a nation today, was very interesting and important. This brought everything back home, so to say.