Thank you World Pulse for Featured changemaker program.

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted February 11, 2021 from Cameroon
This photograph was taken after one of out meeting

Women with disabilities still face a lot of barriers which hinders them from equal participation in economic development activities. These limitations includes myths and harmful traditional misconceptions surrounding disabilities. As a result these women with disabilities have faced one form of gender based violence or the other such as sexual harassment, exploited by men especially as they have to depend on them for daily sustainable. Social disrespect, malnutrition  and disease are also very common amongst these women and girls as they can barely afford a good living. Bearing these in mind Association for the empowerment of the deaf and Vulnerable Persons (AEDVP) took her first step in 2016 to empower these women as a step to ameliorate the situation. https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/regina-afanwi/posts/94173# since then we have empowered more women and made referrals for some women and girls  to other organizations for skills we don't offer. One of the main challenges these women face in their businesses  is communication as sign language is not understood by most people.   I shall be ever grateful to the featured change maker program by World Pulse that enabled me introduce the use of technology to reduce these communication barriers https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/regina-afanwi/campaign-update...

 Introducing the use of technology through the feature change maker program  has ensured more visibility and demand for their  products.  This also means they would need access to credit facilities. But then it  has been extremely difficult for these women to have access to credit facilities as most financial institutions require collateral security in order to give out credit which these women don't have.   Fortunately the Coordination Unit for the association of persons with disabilities one of our collaborators  introduced the Village savings and loan scheme (VSL) some four months as a solution to this lack problem. After a series of sensitisation and education about the scheme, these women saw the need to become members. It was so amazing that persons with disabilities decided on the modalities of operation of the scheme taking all the forms of disabilities into consideration.   The whole idea of the savings and loan scheme is that members save money which they can give out as short term interest free loans for use on their businesses. The only collateral needed is group solidarity. That's a good one because this  means  members motivating and encouraging each other in their business endeavors so they can be able to pay back their loans promptly (World Pulse Spirit). Meetings are held twice a month with me facilitating as sign language interpreter.   I must say the feature change maker program has created a lot of impact as more women are actively saving money from sales of their products.. Its also a forum where these women can motivate and help each other through sharing their experiences. Its also creates a forum were deaf persons with hearing impairment can socialise with other persons with disabilities I can only pray for the best for this VSL scheme. My gratitude goes to the coordinating unit for introducing this saving. scheme. Immense thanks to World Pulse for giving me the opportunity to be part of the feature change maker program which has / is transforming the lives of women with hearing impairment and other persons with disabilities.

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Hello, unstoppable Regina,

Congratulations on every milestone you achieve! I am so happy that women with disabilities get more opportunities because of your leadership. You make things happen, dear sister! I'm glad you joined the Featured Changemaker program. You give so much. I hope God will bless you a thousand folds, more than you can ever think or imagine because you are selfless, generous, and dedicated.

We celebrate with you! We are proud of you!

Regina Afanwi Young
Feb 12
Feb 12

Thanks my sister Karen, I am moved by your commitment as an encourager. Despite your challenges you still find time to read through my post. Thank you so much for the kind words and all the good wishes.
My prayer for you today is for God to heal your children and husband to his glory.
I celebrate you too dear Karen

Jill Langhus
Feb 12
Feb 12

I agree with Karen, the "unstoppable Regina." Your drive to help others is so amazing, dear, especially with all you have going on, too. XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Feb 15
Feb 15

Thanks dearest Jill. " Unstoppable " that's so motivating!!! Thanks Jill

Jill Langhus
Feb 17
Feb 17

You're welcome, honey. xx