Women in a class of Social empowerment organised and ran by Women for Women international. UK. This training was on gender equality in the house hold, and social empowerment for women. November 2105, Yei, South Sudan.
Maneno is 22 years old married with 2 kids. She says she is learning about business and savings. She says she is learning about saving money collectively as a community of women, and then loan it to each other when needed. This is now all their money and it started by small stipends from WFWI to practice business and sell crops.
Konga (front) and Peris (back) arrive at the location for their social empowerment training on baking skills. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan
Nunas arrives at the training location for baking skills as part of the social empowerment program. She thinks the program benefits her because she has now added on a skill will start a small scale bakery business so she can save her own money. She says " I am now able to pay for my childrens school fees and pay for their basic needs. November 2015, Yei South Sudan.
Women arriving the training location great each other and enjoy social conversations while they prepare to begin baking. Novermber 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Elina on the right is pictured with her class mate Konga as they prepare dough for making donuts. Elina says" I can now get money on my own, and save money too." She say she has cquired a new skill in baking bread and making donuts, and has learned to work with groups of women now. She says she likes to share business ideas with her fellow women, and she now has a peace of mind at home because she is able to contribute to her family. November 2015, Yei South Sudan.
Some of the women at their social empowerment training frying donuts. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
The women participants of Social empowerment packaging some donuts. November 2015, Yei South Sudan.
Graduate students of the social empowerment program motivate a new group of women students about how they can be empowered by learning farming skills. This is at a farm started by the graduates from a previous class of the program. they all now have their own farms. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Selina is now a graduate of the Social empowerment program and was enrolled in Octber 2013. She is a role model for the new class of memebers to be trained by Women for Women because they see her success. She says she is able to farm productively and earn an income. She is now paying school fess for the children. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Margaret is currently attending training on agriculture and farming. "The training is soo good, before the training, I was mixing different crops in the same field. Now I am trained on maintianing a farm, how to plant effetively, and to know which are good seeds and bad seeds." She says she now knows the season of planting each different crop from her training. " The training has changed my farming system, and yeilded quality and qauntity of crops. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Agnes is now a graduate. She is proud to be a graduate of the program because she now has her own farm through the Women for Women Social empowerment program. She is happy because she now has money to pay for all her childrens school fees with the income that she gets from her farm. She plants peppers, beans, cassava, eggplant and beans. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Neema joined the training because she heard from her friends how the trainings benefited them. She has learned that good spacing during planting eases the weeding process. She has now turned agriculture in to a business by selling her cowpeas. She says proper farming has yielded more crops and increased their source of income. She is now able to pay schoold fees from the money she raises from her produce. She currently grows, millet, cow peas maize, and bananas. "My future plan is to increase production". November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Regina is pictured proudy holding a cassava root from her farm. She says now she is happy because " I am now earning income" and able to provide for my family by selling the food. She plants bananas, eggplants, and cassava. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
Regina, Selina and Agnes share a happy moment at the end of the day sitting at Selina's family compound. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.
The new class standing behind some graduates of the social empowerment class. November 2015, Yei, South Sudan.