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Women range from age 15-75 years
Most women spend their money earned on their children’s education or healthcare
Women are able to get together in a safe and supportive space to talk about socio-cultural gender issues and build community.
Although the women at Tekera don’t identify with the term “gender” and there is no word or meaning for “gender” within the Luganda Language - women come together and often talk casually about issues western countries would identify as ‘gendered’ issues; relations between men and women, issues in the household and community between men and women, as well as issues of domestic labour and power hierarchies between men and women. They also talk about the economy, the weather, their families and politics. It provides a space for many forums of conversation and support.
WhyWomen come together in this group for economic, socio-cultural, and mental-emotional benefits.
StorySelling traditional crafts to local and international markets increases women’s abilities to make choices in their homes and lives.
The women set their own prices for sales, ensuring that they receive fair value for their goods. Each item is tagged by the woman who makes it – giving her name and the price.
The group also has begun a small micro-finance loans program, by reinvesting the profits they earn. Loans of up to 100,000 UGX ($50) are granted by committee members to help those with small business plans. Loans are approved when 3 members of the group co-sign, and the borrower agrees to the terms of repayment. This program has sustained an over 95% repayment rate since its inception.
Items that the group make include bags, baskets, mats, brooms, cloth bags, jewelry, children’s dolls and mobiles, laptop cases, skirts, childrens clothing, and sandals.
For the last two years the women have created cloth bags for the attendees of Rotary District conferences in Canada, as well as corporate conferences for companies from Vancouver, B.C.