Raha, a 34-year-old single mother, is part of the Iskufilan Women Group. The 10-member group’s shop is her source of income.
“We owned some livestock [as a group] that we sold regularly to earn an income. The drought was so severe that none of our livestock survived. The drought affected our business greatly.”
“Our group received money amounting to Kes 125,000 (R23400), a refrigerator and a sewing machine from Islamic Relief.
“We also expanded the business by opening a tailoring section because [Islamic Relief] gave us a sewing machine. One of the group members has the technical skills required to operate it. We can now compete with nearby vendors in the market and make a profit. We have since saved Kes 40,000 as a group since January 2023.
“I am helping my husband to provide for our family. He can lean on me to ensure our family does not struggle financially. We didn’t know how to plant crops, and [Islamic Relief] demonstrated how kitchen gardens operate. My family is enjoying nutritious meals of kale and other vegetables,” Amina says.
Supplying cash grants, equipment, tools, and training to women and young people generates a ripple effect that positively impacts entire communities.
As women become economically empowered, household incomes increase, leading to improved living conditions, diets, and better access to education and healthcare.
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