The Keep A Girl Alive project enables young uneducated and unemployed girls, often mothers and sometimes HIV infected, to become economically self-reliant through the creation of small businesses.They become empowered, protect themselves from unwanted sex and provide for their families.More than 70 women have received trainings and cash transfers since "KGA" started on 2012.
HIV/AIDS is wearing a female face in Buea. The marginalized (such as school drop outs, single mothers, young widows or orphans) are most at risk. High economic dependence on men force many to engage in risky sexual behavior. This is seen in marriages to older men and in the relationships many have with men commonly known as "sugar daddies". Other factors leading to female vulnerability include the high cost of bride price, the difficulties for wife inheritance and lack of access to education
Young women in minority groups will be empowered through training on starting and managing a small business as well as on income generating activities. The program also raises awareness of health issues, especially HIV/AIDS education. After the trainings the girls are able start their own businesses and get support through start-up capital. After that, continuous check-up and periodic capital pushes ensure that they make it out of poverty and become fully empowered.
Through a combination of grants and interest-free loans, girls are able to set up their small businesses.On the long run and after a lot of work and appropiate follow up the income generated largely surpasses the income donated, and benefits the women, their children and the whole area. Most beneficiaries improve their lives substantially, you can check some of the stories we have collected in our reports.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).