“I think every community should have a WEG!” Last week we sat down with one of the Master Trainers from one of our areas. He began to talk about the Women’s Empowerment Groups that we began earlier this year in some of his communities. We only entered a few communities so that we could more clearly see the impact of WEG groups in village life.
What we’ve seen over the past few months is remarkable. Our Master Trainer told us this story, “In one school there were very few girls enrolled. I sat with the WEG Leader for this village and told her this was a problem I asked her to talk with parents and to try to have more girls enrolled and attending next month. When I returned the next month for my visit, there were 6 new girls enrolled in the school! I saw that when we gave responsibility to the women, when we gave them a chance to do important work- they got it accomplished. Because of WEGs, those schools are stronger, parents are happier, and the women are getting to make decisions. Because the women are saving money, more children are saving money. They are buying goats and medicine for their families. They have respect in their communities.”
Depending on funding, we hope to build this program over the next few years to incorporate all of our current villages. We invite you to join us in prayer for our WEG Leaders in Villages, our WEG Area Coordinators, and our WEG Program Coordinator. Let us pray that they feel encouraged, challenged, and continue to stay passionate about their work.