Then it became mom’s turn. She Matters took a second step, equipping women like Hawa in Kenya with vocational skills, business training and small grants, to help her earn family income. After her mom was killed, Hawa fled war in Somalia to live as a refugee in Kenya. She married young, then was abandoned by her husband. She struggles alone to provide for her young daughter and lives in one of Nairobi’s dangerous slums. She Matters helped Hawa to find support and training through a Self-Help Group. Even her daughter was supported to go to school. Hawa dreams of one day owning her own hair salon.
She Matters Too is the next step in CBM’s campaign for gender equity, to educate, equip and empower girls and women who have the potential to be the greatest influencers for change in their families and communities. To-date, nearly 80 Canadian Baptist churches across the country have joined She Matters Too and over $71,000 has already been raised. Funds and awareness raised in this year’s campaign will support important initiatives such as: Small business grants and loans, business training, health care, and emotional & spiritual support for HIV-positive women Skills training, small business creation, and savings and credit
My name is Hawa. I fled war in Somalia after my mom was killed. I too was shot but survived after months in the hospital. People who helped me get to Kenya insisted that I marry a relative to show appreciation for saving my life. A few months later, pregnant with our child, my husband divorced me and returned and re-married in Somalia. I work hard, but it’s not enough. My daughter and I often skip meals. CBM has really helped me in finding friendship, a group that I can belong to (Self-Help Groups), and skills training. I can make scarves and diras (Somali dresses). I get
When I discovered my husband had hidden from me that he had HIV, I left him and returned home to my parents. Because I followed the doctor’s instruction not to breastfeed my daughter, she is healthy. I joined a Guardians of Hope group and was encouraged to meet, talk and pray with others in the same situation. They have helped me obtain medicine and my health has slowly improved. I received a grant to start a small business of selling vegetables and mango jelly at the market. I have been putting a small amount in the bank for my daughter’s