|Ugandan women||Belgian women|
“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.|
“a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle” (African proverb)