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Most revolutionary groups make use of slogans like ‘United we stand, divided we fall’, your success is our success’, ‘one for all, all for one’. Mother wit perceives this to mean ‘we’ are going in for the battle and if we succeed we share the gain and pain.
It is hard to believe that so many women have been deceived, cheated and betrayed by some of these declarations given that empowerment struggles are fast becoming money-making avenues.
A female-oriented Non Governmental Organization [NGO] played a fast one on some women recently. A training session was advertised and interested women were expected to pay the course fee. The NGO promised recruiting the trainees permanently at the end of the session. A good number of women gave up their ‘buyam sellam’ businesses, hair dressing saloons and dressmaking shops to enroll for the training. As you read this post, this group of women is still to know the whereabouts of the NGO. The most aching thing is that they have lost their customers and market stalls. How do they get back into the traffic?
This is one out of so many examples of women who have been made to chase the wind in the name of activism.


jadefrank's picture

spoiling it for everyone

Hi Edith,

It is heartbreaking to hear this story of women giving up their life-long work to empower themselves, only to be let down and abandoned by an NGO that promised them education and jobs. While there are so many great organizations out there that are doing real, honest work, it is the few groups like these who ruin it for everyone. I feel so badly for these women and wish them luck in building their lives back up to support themselves and their families again. And I hope that they come across real opportunities in the future that can provide them with the education necessary to create better lives for themselves, because it is obvious that the passion for change is there. Thank you for sharing this story, so that we can be aware of this issue and more thorough in our process for screening organizations that may appear too good to be true.

Warm regards,

Edithlum's picture


It feels warm reading your comment Jade.
we can only hope those women find something to do to earn a living since what initially pushed them into trouble was the zeal to change. what they need now is education.


Maria de Chirikof's picture


That is so sad to read of these things happening and how scam artists are working harder then ever promising this, that or the other just to cheat people.

I hope the woman who chased their dreams will not give up on believing in themselves! Tell them to come here to share in some real support.


Edithlum's picture


I'm sure it will take a lot of effort to build back the confidence of these women. they should believe in themselves because it was the desire to improve on their lot that they got into trouble. I'd tell them to tap from this forum dear Maria.
lots of greetings.


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