Women Economic Empowerment Program(WEEP)
Our approach to WEEP is a rights-based approach to women’s empowerment, advancement, and gender equality. Through WEEP, YAWI offers opportunities for progressive change by providing a pathway for women and girls to access and control productive assets. We provide a channel for women and girls to become Financially included, Build assets that enable them to build a sustainable livelihood.
WEEP Program is aligned to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 which focuses on ending poverty in all its manifestations, SDG 5 which focuses on the reduction of gender inequalities, and SDG 8 which focuses on sustainable economic growth.
we work towards building positive changes for women and girls through skill development both technical and soft. We work towards building positive changes to Women and Girls through financial inclusion and economic empowerment initiatives that address the needs of chronic livelihood insecure women and girls constrained by lack of access to and control over productive assets, basic services, and denial of rights living in urban informal and rural settings.
This is done by building the capacities of poor vulnerable women in low-income areas using the YAWI KNOW YOUR RIGHT program as an entry point.
Current project: Adaptability for dignity
The purpose of this program is to equip young women between 15-25 years who are survivors of gender-based violence with technical skills in making reusable biodegradable & eco-friendly bags making, aprons, and other household items. Also support these groups to acquire other skills through apprenticeship whereby they are attached to a master craft person for a period of 1 year to learn the skill by practices. E.g. hairdressing, beauty, pastry making as well as soft skills such as communication. In addition, the cohort learns business skills such as simple bookkeeping, start to learn your business(SIYB) skills among others. Graduates are supported with startup asset capital l to start a business. They also form small Credit Associations(ROSCAs) to enable them to access development business funds from government enterprise funds. Lastly, the women become mentors and pass on the skills to other unskilled women. Besides the trade skills training the beneficiaries to learn other soft skills such as leadership group management skills for value addition and changing of negative lifestyles and attitudes.