Socioeconomic empowerment for women
The existing gender imbalance between men and women in communities served by NAFGEM continues to determine the socioeconomic status of women. Lack of a sufficient voice and representation in decision making structures has left them dependent on men and at increased risks to violence.
Many women own little or nothing as most of the family wealth is owned by men who decide how and when to use the resources. Poor financial means available to most women prevents access to health and other social services increasing vulnerability to abuse and health concerns.
NAFGEM is currently supporting 40 women to produce soap and bracelets for sale and income generation. This allows each women to generate at least an equivalent of $50 USD (Tshs 80,000/=) per month. These funds are being used to invest in their daughters education and protection from FGM and child marriage. While producing soap and bracelets, women also have a forum to share their stories and discuss issues of common interest which provides psychosocial support and promotes self esteem.