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TODAY'S WOMEN AS ECONOMIC ACTORS

In the past , some communities regarded women merely as baby making machines and they were the care takers of their families as they will be the ones to cultivate crops to feed their families, sell some to pay for their children( Male) school needs, pay medicals etc. Some women will even raise money and their husbands will take it from and spend on drinks. Their husbands use to be the ones keeping their monies as well and will never permit them to ask for it whenever they wish to spend it on something. Above all these, a woman will be the one to sits on the bare floor to mourn for her husband when he dies without an opportunity to say something, they will go for days without bathing, with same clothes, bare feet, etc. Women were regarded as kitchen actors as they were deprived from owning properties and their place were in the kitchen, farms and on the floor. Today I see women as economic actors and leaders if given the opportunity. But some women still need us to train and support them as entrepreneurs and we cannot pretend they do not need us.
Dear WP family, I will be grateful if you give me your ideas and strategies on how I can assist Women in Cameroon through Community Volunteer Center Manage their finances well to ensure sustainability. I am designing a proposal to reach out to 300 women; this will include training them on business management skills through business classes, supporting them with start up capital for new businesses and additional capital for existing businesses. I will also need you to support as partners, collaborators to realize this project. Waiting for you as your contributions will make things happen.

Comments

Lucy NJANG FUL,
Than you for your sharing. I think you are on rights truck to assists women Cameroon through Community Volunteer Center manage their Finances well to ensure sustainability. You design taining program for women on businesses and provide them capital to run business.
I think it will be better if you increase them to use the local materials for their product and if possible to use local marketing system. You may do a samll industry on your local product which is very important for household and every single person can use it in their regular daily life.
Hope your success and go ahead.

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Thank you

Dear Nahar,
You ideas are quite wonderful, since we know distance can never be a barrier, i wish to discuss with you more on your ideas and see how it works here. Am sure you contributions will move us to another level if you do not mind.

loretta's picture

bravo

Bravo for taking this stand, teach them to love themselves first and they will achieve what they aspire to. I wish you all the best and may you succeed in helping the women of Cameroon change their circumstances. Instill in them pride about who they are and what they stand for; being humble and yet strong and being assertive and yet caring.

All the best.
Loretta.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Dear

You are right coz love conquers everything,thanx I will not forget and will let you know as it goes, lulu

Phionah Musumba's picture

Way to Go!

Wow, Lucy!
That's a bold, powerful step you are taking. Women are the backbone of society, equipping them with money skills makes them the driving force behind the economy of their countries.
All the best!

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
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Twitter: @KenyaGals
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Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hey

Thank you Phio

gaok's picture

Good initiative

This is very commendable Lucy.

I would say the first thing you need to do is to make sure that the women are involved from the inception of the project,so that your programming will be relevant and also to ensure a buy in.Make sure that all stakeholders become part of the inception stage.I don't know the structure of your community,but here in Botswana you can't succeed without the support of the traditional structure which are there like the leaders, community leaders, traditional elders who are also culture gate keepers.
The other thing that I have seen gender activist do, in programming is that they do not involve men in the programme.Men are one of the stakeholders we can't ignore especially if when we are targeting women.As you have highlighted earlier if men are not involved they can be the worst obstacles,we just need to acknowledge them and their support.

The other thing is to make sure that you have a clear procedures and plan which will stipulate the start and end of the support. So that they can be independent and be able to help other women.

The other thing which I believe is very crucial in all projects is the provision of psychosocial support, especially looking at the targeted population. The support could focus on behavior change( including spending behavior,decision making ,) human rights, self esteem.

Also think of how you are going to serve those who are not literate.

I can't explain everything here,maybe you could share your email with me, because there is a lot to look into.

wish you all the best!!!!!!!!!!

Gpkabubi

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Thank you

Dear Gaok,
I appreciate you inputs and I look forward working with you. My email address is lcynjang@yahoo.com or cvs.enquiries@yahoo.com . Hope to read from you soon, lulu

Therese kasindi's picture

It's a wonderful thing you

It's a wonderful thing you will do for Cameroun women. I think the first thing you can do is to make sensitize men of Cameroun in the way that they can respect their women, above all to support them in they initiative, Also, it will be good to begin with youth because they are the hop of tomorrow.
I can just wish you goud like in all your initiatives.
All the best!

THERESE( Maman Shujaa, Drc)

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hello

Thanks alot dear sister, will keep you posted, lulu

Therese kasindi's picture

You're welcomed my sister!

You're welcomed my sister!

THERESE( Maman Shujaa, Drc)

siatta's picture

WOW

Wow, this is great news for the women of Cameroon. Thank you for helping our sisters in managing their financial lives. It is not an easy thing for a typical African woman to manage her finances with out her husband interfering so you are up for a tough job but keep it up you can make the difference.

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Thanks

You are right but our husbands are need because they give us great supports.We are trying to make women speak out, own properties,assist their families, support their husbands and be great leaders. so we need men, children and youth as well to make things turn around. lulu.

Modesta Kampeni's picture

Women of Africa

Thanks for sharering since women in African countries face same challenges as it is in Malawi as well.These challenges can be over come if you can advocate on women empowerment through life skills, village banking as you are imparting them skills and knowledge for business.Then you will start well.
All the Best
Modesta

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hey

Thank you, I will need more highlights on life skills and village banking. I will welcome any one with a way forward as well.

JOYCE KAFU's picture

Great idea

I love the idea so much. Lot's of the ideas shared here are very valid, especially involving men as stakeholders and making the target women to provide suggestions of what should be involved in the proposal

Joyce Jael Kafu

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

HEY

THANKS SISTER

Raeesa's picture

we are with you. stay in

we are with you. stay in touch

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hi

THANKS ALOT

Woman of voice's picture

Great

Wow you are an inspiration to others. Its true, time for men to boss us around ahs long gone. Now it is up to us to pick up the pieces and make a difference.

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hey

YOU ARE JUST CORRECT

otahelp's picture

empower them we must

It is really touching what our sisters pass through in order to live.

Find out what policies exist in your country about cooperative societies, Am sure there must be a favourable policy. Share these women into cooperative groups according to what they will want to do and take it up from there.

Teach them basics of entrepreneurship, nothing complex, just simply principles that can make them manage their little businesses.

Soap making, bead making and poultry farming can also help.

kudos while you try them out.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
Lets keep the light shining

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hi

Dear Otahelp,
Thank you for you input, and will be glad if you are part of the race. Will kip you posted when its time

Stella Danso's picture

Good Idea

Try to get women who are determined and willing to upgrade themselves. It is important to ensure that all stakeholders get involve from the initial stages so that they become well equipped. Stay bless.

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

Hi

THANKS ALOT STELLY

Dear Lucy, I will be happy to discuss with you.
You may chat with me through gmail. wddf.08@gmail.com or my skype adress an.misti. but you must e-mail me before get me in skype. best regards

LUCY NJANG FUL's picture

HI

THANK YOU AND SEE YOU SOON

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