The Women’s Training Program
In many communities worldwide, women tend to be greatly disadvantaged. Africa is no exception. Women are usually ranked last and many are the times they endure great suffering brought about by different social injustices.
One of the solutions is to offer these women financial skills that will enable them to look after themselves and their families through running small businesses. CMS-Africa has developed a tool that does this. In addition, the Women’s program is geared to create a forum where women can learn, encourage one another.
The CMS-Africa Women’s Training program is interactive and participants are encouraged to contribute as much as possible. The manual is divided into five sections. The first two sections deal with self-identity and transformation of the minds-tackling the wrong mindsets that have been instilled. The next three sections then cover the business related topics- Business Planning, Managing Finances like Stewards, Book Keeping, Marketing and Selling.
The desired outcomes:
What have we been upto lately?
We have had three trainings- two in 2013- one was in Nairobi, Kenya this was mainly a TOT for about 10 people and another in Kinshasa DRC where 34 ladies and 4 men were trained. In 2014 25 women from Mathare-Jali Africa and Korogocho were trained. From this trainings, the Jali women are now keeping business records and can now truck their funds better.
What is coming up?
Reviewing of the current manual and having it translated into 3 languages for starters: English, French and Kiswahili. The program is also an ambitious plan of doubling the number of TOT’s training atleast 100 women in this financial year.
5 women among those who attended our training workshop came to Christ. The first to come to Christ are often those widows and divorced women who were disappointed and rejected by their families in law. And now they are trained to teach basic lessons like discovering oneself, discovering as woman, hindrances to discovering oneself, creating resources through independent works.
As many women come to our trainings and come together to address their own needs, needs of their families and neighbors, the quality of life and their consideration in the community improved dramatically. Water sources are protected and clean water is made available, sanitation improves, gardens are tended, children are immunized, small businesses developed, and churches grow.
Testimonies from women who participated in our trainings and their neighbors showed that lives improved a lot.
Mabele Mananga, says:” Now people trust me with money. I can get small loan, borrow money, in my house children are able to eat three times a day. I pay school fees of my two children and people have started to deal with me with respect”.
Carine Fatuma, say: “These materials are simple, action oriented and delivered using a participatory teaching method that empowers women to adopt practices that improve their health and wealth, and prevent disease. The method of teaching brings both spiritual and physical truths to us, improving our health and wealth, the health and wealth of our families, and the health and wealth of our community”.
The dissemination strategy ensures that the program is sustainable and multipliable. In Congo Kinshasa, for example, 31 women attended training in 2014 and 6 new trainers are following mentoring process in 2015.