Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A women group's bid to make a difference in the society

It is dawn in Mwala village of Mutomo district. As the sun’s first rays materialize, Diana Kavuli is on the way to the river on a quest for water for raising a tree nursery. For this 70 year old woman it is yet another day to make a difference to her community. Diana is a member of Jaribu Kuzuia Ukimwi Women Group which has various projects to support orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC s) in Mwala sub-location of Mutomo District.

The group was established in 1997 as a merry go round whereby members would pool resources and boost each other financially as well as assist each other in doing farming activities. Initially it was called Jaribu women Group. But in 2001 the group started doing HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and changed its name to Jaribu Kuzuia Ukimwi Women Group.

The group’s name is loosely translated to ‘try preventing HIV/AIDS’ and is comprised of 11 members, 73% of whom are above 60 years old of age. The all-women’s group is undertaking various income generating activities......Read more

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