Women Empowerment

Deborah Munyekenye
Posted July 11, 2019 from Kenya

 

As per the African proverb `` educate a man and you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation``.

 Despite of the above African proverb, most girls and women in Africa do not have the chance of going to school and are less educated than the boys and men in their societies. In my country, there are policies and programs that have been set up to ensure free education for both boys and girls. This is a great step in ensuring that girls and women have equal chances and opportunities as boys and men.

Just like the above proverb, I believe that if we empower a man we empower an individual, but if we empower a woman, we empower the whole community, society and nation at large. My group ``Shitungu women empowerment group``, is set to voluntarily educate women in Kakamega County on entrepreneurship and how to use the readily available resources to earn a living.

On 6th July, 2019, we held a very successful workshop to empower the women in Matungu Sub County in Kakamega County. We trained them on entrepreneurship, how to identify economic opportunities and how to form and work in groups.  The turnout was over 200% as we had anticipated training 30 people but over 70 people turned up.

We did not leave men out as we had a few of them attending the workshop. This is because for the women to succeed men have to understand what they are doing so that they support them in achieving their objectives of creating self employment, earning income and reducing poverty.

From the workshop, we found out that the community was doing so many economic activities to counter the high level of unemployment and poverty levels. What they needed more was training, guidance and mentoring, which we shall continue offering them.

We will continue to do follow up to the groups, visit them at their places of work (farms etc) to see what they do and give them practical expertise. We intend to empower the women and the community with skills, knowledge and expertise so that together we bring a positive change to our community and have an impact by using the readily available resources.

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Hello, Deborah,

I love that African proverb! It is actually backed up by a study done by Grameem Foundation that when you invest in a woman, you invest to her entire community.

Congratulations for the succes of this entrepreurship training to empower women. I love that you are also inclusive to men.

Thank you for inspiring us with this story. Please keep us posted with more updates!

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hi Karen,

Thanks for your encouragemrnt

You’re welcome!

Lilian Mukoche
Jul 12
Jul 12

So encouraging! Some positivity in Matungu coming out. Thanks for sharing

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 13
Jul 13

Sure. Thanks

Bettina Amendi
Jul 12
Jul 12

Great Initiative,am happy for you.

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 13
Jul 13

Thanks Bettina.

Lisbeth
Jul 14
Jul 14

Congrats on your great initiative. Yeah about the proverb. We know very well but will not do it. We got to walk the talk. Thanks for sharing.

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 13
Jul 13

Thanks Lisbeth

Lisbeth
Jul 14
Jul 14

Wlc :-)

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 12
Jul 12

Hi Deborah,
I had heard that proverb and am glad to know its origin, and especially glad to read about the work being done through Shitungu women empowerment group. I do bereave that so many of us women have priorities that extend to the whole community, and that it is the suppression of our voices and work that has caused the problems we face now globally. It is so encouraging to know that Shitungu women empowerment group continues on.

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hi Tamarack,

Thanks

Madhuri Deshkar
Jul 13
Jul 13

बोहोत महत्त्व पुर्व कार्य कर रहे है।

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 13
Jul 13

Hi Madhuri,

Kindly translate

Jill Langhus
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Deborah,

How are you doing? It's great to see all the love you got for your work and post! I hope to hear more inspiring stories about your workshops and group, too.

As far as Madhuri's translation goes, you can always select the Google translate button at the top, right of every page within the forum. It's in between the search magnifying glass and the MY PULSE icon. I hope it helps:-)

Hope you have a great, rest of the weekend:-)

XX

Deborah Munyekenye
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Jill,

Thanks it has helped.

Jill Langhus
Jul 15
Jul 15

Hello there:-)

Okay, great!