Manyibei is one of Dandelion Africa’s latest women groups to partner up with us. It was formed in August 2014 by 13 women, who all felt a desire to develop their community, and to generally improve the situation for women in society. Already, as a group project, they have started to buy and sell chickens to generate income to every member. The goal for 2015 is for them to grow as individuals within the group, and to be able to buy water tanks to give them daily access to safe drinking water.
Dandelion Africa’s volunteers held a workshop for the women group on December 1st where they showed the women how to make bracelets. Basic skills were taught, which can be built on in order to create and sell bracelets, that the women noted could also be used in traditional ceremonies. It was a highly appreciated workshop, with some of the women showing greater talent than others, but everyone made an effort in turning this into an income-generating activity in the future. We can’t wait to see this group of women prosper and grow as both individuals and entrepreneurs.
When Dandelion Africa held a meeting for all the leaders of the women groups in November, we also handed out certificates to the groups. Manyibei received a certificate as one of the best groups out of all the 25 that Dandelion Africa works with. They are always on time and has got everything sorted for every table banking meeting, and it’s clear that there is a will to grow reach their goals. In order to do this, they show great respect and trust towards each other and to the staff of Dandelion Africa. We believe they have what it takes to go as far as they want to, and we look forward to following their development.
Written by Sandra Karlsson
Translation: Jennie Andersson