Creating a Women's Empowerment Group (Toolkit)

Alyssa Rust
Posted April 30, 2015 from United States

I found this great resource that was developed by an organization in Uganda about how to build and create an economic empowerment group through bead making. The organization, Bead for Life, has developed their own materials about how to create this entrepreneurial group and have provided some great information about how to create your own bead making party in your community.

I’m curious to know if these resources like this are relevant to our community? Why or why not? Have you seen something like this occurring in your own community with maybe a different product that has brought economic empowerment that you could also share? Please let me know as I continue to search for more resources to share with our community.

Here is a link to their website with information:http://www.beadforlife.org/womens-empowerment-toolkit I have also attached a copy of their sample agenda to this post.

There are also some great resources including videos links and suggested reading.

Attachments

sample_agenda.pdf
bead_making_manual_.pdf

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Terry Shiundu
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015

Hi Alyssa,

Thanks for sharing. I will check it out. I have heard about women groups in Kenya making baskets and sandals. I would need to research further and get links to share with you and you can check them out. Its a great way to generate income and also bring harmony within a community. It raises the standard of living for the community.

Blessings,

Terry

Yvette Warren
May 05, 2015
May 05, 2015

Thank you, Alyssa, for introducing us to Bead for Life. I am impressed with the website you shared. This effort seem very well-organized. I'd like to hear more about how well it succeeeds, how it was/is funded, etc.

I recently toured a plantation home that focuses on slave life in Louisiana, USA. The gift shop carries fair trade and goods made in this type of effort. 

Whitney Plantationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Plantation_Historic_DistrictI got the contact information for the person you should talk to.

Laura Amannlamann@whitneyplantation.com 

Yvette Warren
May 05, 2015
May 05, 2015

I have shared this with sevearl sisters who may be able to benefit from training in this model.

Alyssa Rust
May 06, 2015
May 06, 2015

Dear Yvette, 

Thank you for sharing this with several sisters. I hope they will find the information usefull. Also thank you for sharing the information about hte Whitney Plantation and their fair trade gift shop and contact. 

Sincerley, Alyssa 

ma.chona lasaca
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 07, 2015

Hi Alyssa! I've checked the site and it was very interesting and useful. I am also thinking of how to use the same concept to reach out to more women in my community. Thank you for the information. Let's continue to find ways of enriching women's knowledge about what works in other places,