UWCM train, support and monitor many different Women’s Groups and ‘Tunyi Glory Women’s Group’ is one of the most active with 53 young, energetic and focused members who are always ready to learn new ideas. They run a very successful microfinance savings scheme which, apart from saving for individual school fees, medical fees, food etc they also pooled some money together to buy household items such as bedding and utensils and others were able to buy IGA (income generating activity) items like a sewing machine.
Another very resourceful group is Nakatsi Women’s Group who, acutely aware of the negative impact that the Covid 19 pandemic was having on children, especially teenagers, decided to take advantage of the long lockdown and use this time as an opportunity to train girls in tailoring and dressmaking. UWCM gave the group 4 x sewing machines and they decided to hire 2 more machines and then charged each girl a small amount to be trained for 10 months thus making the project sustainable. When UWCM went back to monitor their progress, they found that the group had so far trained 15 girls and 6 of these were busy making clothes to sell during the Christmas season which was a huge achievement. With our funding, UWCM have been able to provide another 2 x machines which will enable even more girls to be trained.
POSITIVE IMPACT OF GROUP TRAINING:
UWCM are struggling to keep up with the demand for training new and existing groups. In the last quarter of 2021 they trained 12 groups (360 people) in the following topics: parenting skills, group dynamics, all aspects of hygiene, leadership, IGA management, children’s rights and responsibilities plus couples’ training on marriage issues. These trainings were greatly appreciated by all who attended and they requested further training especially on how to handle teenagers and young adults.
These are some of the comments from participants:
James: I have never attended such a challenging training.
Stephen (local government chairman): This training has helped us government representatives and we are going to train those who did not attend to treat children as children and not like adults as it has been before. Thank you UWCM – it seems as though your staff move at night and see what happens in our homes because all that you have taught us happens in our families.