DOING BUSINESS DURING THE CORONA ERA

Jenmwa
Posted May 27, 2020 from Zambia

Am delighted to be part of this wonderful organization. I have come to learn a lot from what other people are doing out there. Am alive to the fact that this epidemic has brought many challenges to many people in our country more so for victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV). As a nation we have so far lost three lives as a result of GBV related to covid-19. The number of divorce cases related to covid 19 is on the rise and am  inundated with phone calls of GBV related sexual violence happening in peoples homes.     Some of the people that am helping  have been evicted from their rented homes as they are failing to pay rentals since the selling of food stuffs which  was their source of income has been stopped in fear of spreading the disease. Instead of just sitting at home doing nothing, I decided to look at this epidemic as a stepping stone to help the vulnerable in our society by coming up with a project that will address their needs now that can be scaled up in future to avoid over dependence on donor funding. I have two sawing machines which I am using to train some women making  masks, aprons and face shields. To empower them I have engaged them into making face masks, face shields and aprons as been encouraged by Zambian government as these are in short supply in our country. The government has decreed that all people have to wear face masks whenever in public. So there is this niche market which I am utilizing to empower our women. Our products are  sold at an affordable price to enable our members have a decent income to support their families. We intend to produce in the first four months over 500,000 masks, 1,000 shields and 500 aprons which will contribute to the eradication of the disease as these are in short supply in our country. However, we are overwhelmed by the demand as we are only using two machines. We would appreciate if out there someone can come to our aid and donate some more equipment which we can use to train more women as this industry is very much active in our country. My aim is to train 200 women in tailoring and designing.

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Tamarack Verrall
May 27
May 27

Hi Jenmwa,
A big welcome to World Pulse, and congratulations on your first story, and on the very important work you are doing. So telling that you are 'alive to the fact' of how this epidemic is affecting so many, and that your heart immediately focussed on women escaping violence in particular. You have already changed the lives of these women, and I hope that what you need to grow will come your way through this epidemic and beyond. This is true sisterhood.

Jenmwa
May 27
May 27

Thank you Sister for your encouraging words we look forward to that Day.

Jill Langhus
May 27
May 27

Hello Jenmwa,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing a little bit about the COVID situation in your country. It's a great initiative that you've created, and you will impact many as a result.

Do you have a NGO that you're running this initiative through or you started the initiative due to the virus?

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Hello, Jenmwa,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy that a new voice from Zambia is rising up.

I’m so proud of you for seeing an opportunity to train women to have sustainable livelihood. “ I decided to look at this epidemic as a stepping stone to help the vulnerable in our society by coming up with a project that will address their needs now that can be scaled up in future to avoid over dependence on donor funding.”

Great job! Please post more updates here. We look forward to reading more from your journey.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Jenmwa
May 27
May 27

Am so excited to note that an idea that ï had is receiving such praise. Once again thanks you all Ï Will work hard to set to it that m'y dream bares fruits

You are amazing, dear. You’re doing important work. Keep it up! Yes, please update us and please stay safe always!

Jenmwa
May 28
May 28

Thanks à million its great to be on such a forum

rebecca.tang
May 28
May 28

Thank you for sharing. This is an very meaningful action. Masks are essential to all of us under pandemic and it is short of supply worldwide. I believe your production can help a lot of people.
Please keep up the great work!

Jenmwa
May 30
May 30

indeed my sister its great to be of help to my community

Beth Lacey
May 29
May 29

Welcome to World Pulse. Your work is so helpful to many people. I wish you much luck.

Jenmwa
May 30
May 30

Am flattered and will solder on thanks

Anita Shrestha
May 30
May 30

Thank you for sharing

Jenmwa
May 30
May 30

You are welcome sister