The Rwot Lakica Womens Group was established to help women take care of themselves and their children. Currently the group consists of 20 women whom take part in weekly savings programs (to encourage saving), welfare fund (where they help group members in need) and workshops where they learn from each other. They come from all walks of life, some have master degrees while others are peasant farmers but they recognise that regardless of education level they can learn and help each other to promote positive changes in lifestyle. They have established a micro loaning program, where by a member can borrow money to pay their own or one of their childrens school fees or to strengthen or initiate a business. Last year Ssubi provide the group with some seed money to strengthen the loaning program – we were blown away with the processes established by this group and the successes they have achieved by working together. Meeting with these women was one of the most inspiring experiences I have had this trip- truly empowering to see how far they have come with so little resources. One women was accepted into a masters program in business administration, she needed help with school fees, so she borrowed money for school fees and to start a snack making business. Her business established successfully, so she was able to attend school and sell snacks on the weekend. She fully paid back her loan with interest in six months. Many of the women in fact use the loan to pay school fees for children, which requires a lump sum that often mothers cannot afford to pay at once.
One of the group’s current issues is they are not able support every request given the current amount they have available for loaning (approximately $2500.00 Can). The Ssubi Foundation therefore provided the group with a loan for a year to enable support of more microloans within the group.