Pendo Letu Women Group is made up of widows and women living with HIV/AIDS. Many do not have the strength to do farm work to support their children and grandchildren so, cognisant of this fact, Imani Community Development Organization introduced the idea of alternative work for the women to generate income, to enable them to be self reliant. Imani staff trained the ladies, many of whom are over 65 years old, to make bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings from glossy paper.
During and after training it was realized that the ladies were very happy and indeed were enjoying making the products.Their limited energy is being put to good use, enabling them to earn a living without having to beg from neighbours. Imani CDO markets the beads for them as they continue making them and after every sale a percentage is retained by the group, as savings to help members during emergencies, or at the time of critical need. Some of the achievements realized by the members include paying school fees for their grandchildren. A group loan scheme has also been started out of the sale of the bead products, so the ladies can now buy maize and other food stuff to feed their grandchildren.
Sophie Redemptah Otieno - Imani Manager