In January 2011, after decades of conflict, South Sudan split from its northern counterpart to become the world’s newest nation. To this day, living conditions in the country are unimaginably hard. More than half of the population lives on less than USD 1$ per day, with women and girls suffering disproportionately from such poverty. South Sudan also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world and violence against women is pervasive.
In Omiling, in Magwi district in the country’s south, women and girls are particularly disadvantaged. Because of poverty and gender discrimination, rather than receiving an education, girls and young women are commonly married off as soon as the opportunity arises. The resulting lack of formal qualifications, skills and employment opportunities renders these women particularly vulnerable to violence and all kinds of abuses.
The solutions we’re proposing:
W4’s field project, Hope Ofiriha, has set up a microfinance program that empowers South-Sudanese women in Omiling by giving them access to small-scale capital. In addition to providing interest-free loans, the program offers basic training in how to start and manage a small business.
This way, the women are able to ensure sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families. Through microfinance, they can put food on the table and send their children to school. Running a business provides them with the self-esteem, confidence and sense of empowerment necessary for them to regain control over their lives and become change-makers in their communities.
Your contribution will empower a South-Sudanese woman by giving her financial stability and thus enabling her to bring about positive change within her community. By funding microloans, you are helping to create a strong women’s network in Omiling.
Play a part in this microfinance initiative and help empower women in South Sudan to build brighter futures for themselves and their families!