Women Group empowered for economic sustainability

ikirimat
Posted February 2, 2015 from Uganda

The women group in Farwentah in Liberia has found processing of parboiled rice profitable and economically empowering. ADRA has trained them to produce rice and process parboiled rice. They have signed a contract with WFP to supply rice in schools for the school feeding programme. The women attested that this project has helped them solve most of their financial needs such as improved their housing conditions, pay school fees for their children and other basic needs like medical bills. I was happy to hear their stories. The Women president for the county and the chair lady are cheerful and hardworking women. They decided to form the group for social support and effectiveness. They each produce rice in their farms and they in turns help each other to clear the farms, weed, and harvest. They do the processing of parboiled rice together in a central facility donated by WFP. They are paid according to the individual quantity of produce at an agreed upon rate. They also testify that this group has been a social support to them since the civil war ended in the 1990s. After the war there was no social cohesion in the community and this group has helped them discuss their problems, and helped them forgive and heal (peace and reconciliation).

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Yvette Warren
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015

This is a wonderful story of innovation and cooperation, Irmikat. Thank you for sharing it with we WP sisters.

Be a blessing.

Yvette

ikirimat
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015

Yvettem but I cant upload pictures, dont know why

Kristina M
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015

Thank you for sharing this story of success.  I hope the women in this group continue to find the both the financial and emotional support they are looking for.

ma.chona lasaca
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 07, 2015

Hello Ikirimat! This is an engaging story of women taking collective actions that enable them to meet their basic needs in a post-conflict setting. I am sure, there are women out there in similar situations,who would love to hear your stories and learn from you. I would love to invite you to join us in the Economic Empowerement group where your stories will have a bigger audience and where our group can interact with you to further learn and share resources. I am curious if aside from WFP, are there other markets for the rice that the women group are producing and if there are also new products that they can produce out of the rice,

ma.chona lasaca
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 07, 2015

Hello Ikirimat! This is an engaging story of women taking collective actions that enable them to meet their basic needs in a post-conflict setting. I am sure, there are women out there in similar situations,who would love to hear your stories and learn from you. I would love to invite you to join us in the Economic Empowerement group where your stories will have a bigger audience and where our group can interact with you to further learn and share resources. I am curious if aside from WFP, are there other markets for the rice that the women group are producing and if there are also new products that they can produce out of the rice,

LeanaM
Feb 09, 2015
Feb 09, 2015

Thank you, Maria Chona, for pointing out the Economic Empowerment Group!.  Ikirimat, you can find the group here; we invite you to participate in it!

ikirimat
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 08, 2015

Thank you MCLfor your encouraging comments. Yes the women in this group are resilient and determined to change their lives. Rice is a staple food in this region and therefore potential market m though not yet explored. They may also need guidance on what other products they can produce out of rice. Thank you for inviting me to the economic empowerment group. I look forward to sharing more stories and interactions.

Mr. Subrata Sarkar
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 08, 2015

Thnak you Ikirimat for sharing the story , which propagates the conept of " Self Help is the best help", " United We stand, divided we fall". The  binding force of the sucess as you  reflected, is based on  their mututal  trust,coopeartion and sacrifice. Similar type of collective actions are aslo there in my Country- India, especially in our opeartional areas( program intervention areas of Gramin Vikas Trust, a National level developemnt Organization in India, promoted by KRIBHCO, with it's H.Q at Noida, UP, opeartional in 14 States in India)  , wherein SHG based Socio-economic development paradigm leads towards sustainable  and improved livelihoods and holistic development.

With regards.

Subrata Sarkar

India

8/2/2015

Olivia
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 26, 2015

Thank you Ikirimat for sharing this story.It is a powerful illustration of how one brilliant idea coupled with unity and teamwork can be used to achieve economic empowerment, self sufficiency and sustainable development.