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 of productive assets. We provide a channel for women and girls to become financially included, build assets that enables them 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 focus on the reduction of gender inequalities and SDG 8 which focuses on sustainable economic growth.
we work towards building positive changes to 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 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 YAWI KNOW YOUR RIGHT program as 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 group 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 book keeping, start learn your business(SIYB) skills among others. Graduates are sup-ported with startup asset capital l to start business. They also form small Credit Associations(ROSCAs) to enable them access development business funds from government enterprises funds. Lastly, the women become mentors and pass on the skills to other unskilled women. Beside the trade skills training the beneficiaries learn other soft skills such as leadership group management skills for value addition and changing of negative lifestyles and attitudes.