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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Problem: Women represent a majority of the world’s population, but they often don’t have the same opportunities as men to participate in economy and society. Many women face discrimination, lack of access to credit, and high illiteracy rate and therefore are often treated as second-class citizens. Despite this, women are responsible for their children and households. Giving women equal opportunities not only allows them to achieve their full potential, it creates a more productive society and improves the lives of their children. 3/4 of Cameroonian women live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture. Therefore, building the capacities of rural poor farming women is crucial to emancipating women in Cameroon. When these women come together they increase their strength for self and community development.
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Objective: To empower Poor rural women through sustainable economic programs and enhance women’s knowledge for self-development through Productive capacity-building and provision of micro credit Micro Enterprise Development How it happens: SHUMAS runs capacity-building sessions with the poor rural women groups at least twice a year. The sessions cover such topics as Health education, basic literary and post harvest management Achievements:  Over 10,000 poor rural women have benefited from productive capacity building workshops. Challenges: Future plans: SHUMAS hopes to expand the number of groups that can participate in training sessions, and provide sessions on a broader range of topics that will assist these women in improving their lives. Micro- Loans How it happens SHUMAS offers micro loans ranging from 100,000CFA to 600,000CFA to poor rural women groups Achievements: Over 10,000 poor rural women have benefit from the micro credit scheme which enables them to cater for health and educational needs of their children and improve on their livelihood. Challenges: The demand for loans outstrips the availability of the loans. More so, the women could effectively use larger loans than SHUMAS is able to provide. Future plans: SHUMAS hopes to expand their resources so that they can provide more and larger loans and reach out to more poor rural women through productive capacity building.








WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Problem: Women represent a majority of the world’s population, but they often don’t have the same opportunities as men to participate in economy and society. Many women face discrimination, lack of access to credit, and high illiteracy rate and therefore are often treated as second-class citizens. Despite this, women are responsible for their children and households. Giving women equal opportunities not only allows them to achieve their full potential, it creates a more productive society and improves the lives of their children. 3/4 of Cameroonian women live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture. Therefore, building the capacities of rural poor farming women is crucial to emancipating women in Cameroon. When these women come together they increase their strength for self and community development.
Objective: To empower Poor rural women through sustainable economic programs and enhance women’s knowledge for self-development through Productive capacity-building and provision of micro credit Micro Enterprise Development How it happens: SHUMAS runs capacity-building sessions with the poor rural women groups at least twice a year. The sessions cover such topics as Health education, basic literary and post harvest management Achievements:  Over 10,000 poor rural women have benefited from productive capacity building workshops. Challenges: Future plans: SHUMAS hopes to expand the number of groups that can participate in training sessions, and provide sessions on a broader range of topics that will assist these women in improving their lives. Micro- Loans How it happens SHUMAS offers micro loans ranging from 100,000CFA to 600,000CFA to poor rural women groups Achievements: Over 10,000 poor rural women have benefit from the micro credit scheme which enables them to cater for health and educational needs of their children and improve on their livelihood. Challenges: The demand for loans outstrips the availability of the loans. More so, the women could effectively use larger loans than SHUMAS is able to provide. Future plans: SHUMAS hopes to expand their resources so that they can provide more and larger loans and reach out to more poor rural women through productive capacity building.
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