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Women members range in age from 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 related issues and to 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 gender-related issues. The would include relations between men and women, issues that arise between men and women in the household and the community, 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 forum for conversation and support.
WhyWomen come together in this group to gain income, to socialize with other women, to sustain and maintain cultural connection, and to augment their mental well being in a supportive environment.
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 cosign, and the borrower agrees to the terms of repayment. This program has sustained >95% repayment rate since its inception.
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 establishing the price.
Items that the group make include handbags, baskets, mats, brooms, cloth bags, jewelry, children’s dolls and mobiles, laptop cases, skirts, children's 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.