Women Empowered (INGORO I HUJE ABABYEYI) is Strive Foundation Rwanda’s proven and evidence-based social and economic empowerment platform that enables women to save money, develop financial literacy, and invest in income-generating activities. In addition to increasing women’s access to financial services, this cooperative also focuses on learning skills and building capacities, self-esteem, increasing access to information and resources, and promoting collective action and community organizing. This combination of economic and social empowerment positions them as leaders and decision-makers in their households and communities.
Basically, this Economic empowerment is thought to allow vulnerable groups like women societies to think beyond immediate daily survival and to exercise greater control over both their resources and life choices. For example, it enables households to make their own decisions around making investments in health and education, and taking risks in order to increase their income.
There is also some evidence that economic empowerment can strengthen vulnerable groups’ participation in the decision-making. For example, cooperative programs have been shown to bolster women’s influence within the household and marketplace. The evidence also suggests that economic power is often easily ‘converted’ into increased social status or decision-making power.
Congratulations to all female bricklayers for not being trapped by society’s norms in relation to female career gender stereotypes and for having the courage to pursue your own goals.
Many of Strive Foundation Rwanda’s Brick laying women have turned this activity into a day to day income generating activity in their families or households.
“Before, these women where just mere wives who cowered before their husbands and brought no income to the family. Now there community leaders, income earners and equal partners in their marriage. Strive Foundation Rwanda has helped them find voices and power in their communities