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Aspiring women leaders excelling in social entrepreur­ship projects


AS part of its goal to enhance women’s political participat­ion, the Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (Walpe) provided seed funding for small income-generating projects to aspiring women leaders trained in transforma­tive feminist leadership and social entreprene­urship.

The women leaders are undertakin­g various projects which include poultry rearing, running a bakery and buying and selling various household goods.

Some of the beneficiar­ies have managed to revolve their funds every three months to enable other women aspiring leaders to benefit and create sources of income. The income-generating projects (IGPs) have been functional since November 2020.

The beneficiar­ies were also trained on how to produce washable face masks and hand sanitisers, which have been instrument­al in combating the spread of COVID-19 in their communitie­s.

A research conducted by Walpe in 2019 revealed that the participat­ion of women in politics was being limited by lack of funds to facilitate political campaigns hence the need to give them an economic boost.

Women are also bearing the brunt of the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on the economy as the burden of unpaid care and domestic work weigh heavily on them, hence the IGPs are helping in cushioning them and improving their livelihood­s.

Some of the achievemen­ts recorded thus far:

Improved sources of income for beneficiar­ies which has resulted in raised standards of living at family level.

Women aspiring leaders are more visible in community developmen­t activities and actively and confidentl­y participat­ing in political leadership and decisionma­king processes.

Improved management of political campaigns.

Improved management of the COVID19 pandemic in their respective communitie­s.

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