Jane hugs her son as she collects him from school. Jane runs a small business and is also the leader of the Shining mothers - a community women's group. She sells homemade bags, mats, jewellery, soap and tie dyed material. The money she makes helps put food on the table and send her two children to school. Jane trains other women to improve their skills in trades such as beadwork and soap making, so that the women can secure a better income. The Shining Mothers group, hold regular meetings to learn business skills and help each other with their savings and loans. "After doing domestic work for ten years, I decided to come into the community and start getting some training. I then decided I had to share those skills with my community, and I have been doing that up until now.
When I present myself to a particular group, I know there is something I am giving them, sharing with them. That is my best joy. Apart from giving them skills, I know somebody is going to make some income out of it, and that is what we call empowerment. So that is the most enjoyable thing, empowering my community. Because if a community is not empowered, we will live in poverty forever." Photo: @gichigi / Oxfam
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