In rural communities of Lwengo, many households are headed by single women who lost their husbands due to HIV/AIDS scourge. Their day generally consists of fetching water, care taking for the children or sick, cooking, cleaning, and farming. They have difficulties in acquiring income from only farming activities. As a result, they also rely on additional income generating activities.
We work with women to improve their livelihoods through providing positive living support and skills development activities.
Women and young mothers in this group make handcrafted bags, tablemats, bracelets, and baskets.They sell these products to earn income besides their domestic work.
Some Volunteer Tasks Include:
- sharing business skills to improve their farm or group enterprises
- developing a system for record keeping
- researching different market places (abroad & locally) for their products
- introducing marketing techniques such as logos, word of mouth, etc.
- MANDATORY: Cultural session with the local group and a village school outlining facts and information about your country.
To volunteer for this opportunity, please visit here.
Mother’s Creations Kasaana is a project undertaken by one of our volunteers in 2017. The women are currently focusing on creating unique and modern bracelets made from paper beads. The paper is then finished with a material; making it strong and waterproof. Each bracelet is hand-made, one of a kind, and eco-friendly.
The project is currently underway to expand internationally.
How does volunteer involvement impact the women?
“My daughter had been attending school barefoot during the entirety of the last term. With the help of the volunteers, I was able to make some additional income. I was finally able to buy a pair of shoes for my daughter. She is always excited every morning to put her new shoes on!”
“With the additional income, I am now able to buy a higher quality of maize seeds. They are currently growing well. I hope that the harvest I have will be healthy and can contribute to feeding my family and pose as additional income.”
“As a women’s group, we had been learning to make and sell bracelets and purses for about a year now. However, our sales were low and it was difficult to earn income. With the help of our volunteer, we were able to improve the quality and designs of the bracelets. I hope that in the future, we will have potential to penetrate better markets and also transform my family’s life through the sale of these products.”
See impact video here