Women for change 2014: Masego Mmipi / Botswana

«Protecting women by placing them at the heart of the local economy»

In the disadvantaged rural Tswapong region of Botswana, 16.9% of the population are living with HIV: women and girls are the hardest hit, yet they play a key role in changing not only their future but that of the region.

The concept: A lack of resources, unemployment, and the difficulty to access education and healthcare all contribute to condemning the young women of these 26 villages to a life of poverty. Kgetsi Ya Tsie Women’s Trust aims to nurture their independence and entrepreneurial spirit and to protect them while developing the only available resources in the region. With micro-loans and training, the women can learn to produce, promote and market local agricultural resources. In addition to equipment and vocational training, the NGO also protects orphans, provides preventive healthcare services and works to eradicate domestic violence. A source of stability and income, this initiative has already helped hundreds of women gain financial independence. It has also had a positive impact on the entire region and on society as a whole.

The aim of the project: To offer the women of 7 villages access to training, equipment and structures to produce Morula oil (extracts of almond and Morula plums) and by-products. The needs are varied: a vehicle, storage equipment and transport solutions as well as a website to sell these products on the local and North American markets. It will also be necessary to create childcare facilities in the 7 villages to look after children while their mothers are at work.<

The future: The women from these 7 villages will learn how to exploit the natural resources of their region and gain economic independence -resources which are indispensable for their lives and their families. 896 children could benefit from this project.

Name of the NGO: Kgetsi Ya Tsie Women’s Trust

Project beneficiaries: 896 children and 655 women.

 

Women for Change, Thank you for your support!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum are proud to present the Women for Change award, which honours women who are committed to helping their sisters in Africa.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project.

The project of Mariama Moussa (Niger), received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. The results of the vote were announced during the opening dinner at the Women’s Forum, on October 15th.
The participants to this dinner had also their chance to vote and granted a second award of 25 000 euros to Noushka Teixeira (DRC).

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