One of the shop owners at work
The empowerment of women is essential for effective development, both at a community level and in society as a whole. Development Africa works with women at grassroots level to identify key issues faced by women within their communities. Through providing small businesses for widows with HIV/AIDS in Ibadan, Oyo State, we aim to promote the agency of HIV-positive women, who are often ostracized from their communities due to the social stigma associated with the HIV virus.
From low-income backgrounds and often with little to no education, the women who are the target beneficiaries of the project are unable to adequately support themselves or their families.
Two new beneficiaries are now ready to embark on their journey towards economic sustainability and security through the help of donors contributing through GlobalGiving and other donors.
Mrs. K., a widow who is HIV positive, 40 years old and with four children, has been attending the support group for several months and has received the necessary training to start her business. She is aiming to open a tailoring shop to make women’s clothing.
Mrs. A., also an HIV-positive widow with four children, was initially meant to open a shop in November 2017, however she wasn’t physically strong enough. She has been attending the support group for the past year and with the medical and nutritional support provided to her, she is now healthy enough to manage her own shop. She also aims to open a tailoring shop.
Mrs. K. and Mrs. A. are currently looking for shop premises with the support of our local partner and will soon be open for business.