Women's Group

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“Together we will change our future.” This initiative has a name: Kyebajja Tobona Women’s Group.

2010 Mebra, Robinah, Veria and other local women from Namwendwa meet on a regular basis and discuss each other’s’ needs and successes. Other women join and the number of members steadily grows to 35. The name means ‘watching others, learning from others, doing yourself’. The members meet each month. Each time, every member donates 5 000Ush (about 2 euro), and the group decides who most needs the resulting sum: for school fees, medication, seeds, or which common initiatives may produce the best results for all.
2011 jos and frieda found the Belgian branch of the women’s group. Each month, Belgian women contribute 2 euro. This doubles the group’s monthly yield and supports them in the realization of bigger dreams: buying piglets, following and organizing a workshop, an extra present for Christmas, organization of a business to rent out materials for festivities (cooking pots, chairs, tents) in order to generate extra income.
2016 The group’s success leads to the establishment of a second group. The Belgian branch decides to also support this second group.
2017 members now pay €3 per meeting. the “party project” (renting out tents, chairs, cooking pots) is a great success in both groups. startup of numerous workshops, among others on gender equality.
2018 03-23-2018. veria passes away suddenly and unexpectedly. a tremendous loss for the kyebajja tobona womens’ group. veria was the co-founder of this group. she was an exceptionally strong woman with remarkable leadership qualities. we knew her as a good friend and a lady with so much sense of humor. an example for many among us.
  In both groups the ‘Festivities Project’ will be extended. we will focus on the purchase of festive outfits and other festivity/party material to rent out, but also on the development and support of a savings plan to buy a storeroom (in order to storage all of the materials and equipment). a complimentary gift for christmas.

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