Patron -  Joanna Lumley, OBE

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Economic Empowerment of Women

http://1.2.3.9/bmi/www.penhanetwork.org/images/Somaliland%20WEEP%2016.jpgThis project aims to empower women in pastoralist communities who are disadvantaged and living under difficult socio-economic conditions in arid and semi-arid areas. It is equipping women with business and production skills, and by promoting their access to rural finance providers (where these exist) as well as to their access to markets, it will help the beneficiaries to undertake new economic activities or expand existing ones and thereby increase their incomes. It is taking place in Uganda and Sudan in addition to Somaliland. The picture shows a a women using her mobile phone in the rural area.

Objectives

To equip women with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake new enterprises
To increase women's access to finance and markets
To advocate for positive micro-finance policies vis-a-vis women in pastoral areas as well as equitable access to credit

Activities

This project started 2009 and was completed in 2011. The programme included the following activities

  1. Identifying project implementation sites and women groups
  2. Conducting action-oriented research: Mapping and obtaining data and information
  3. Completing a needs assessment
  4. Training of women in their groups

A photo essay of activities at the end of 2009 can be seen here (1,976kb).

More information about this programme can be got from here.