Life-changing skills for women refugees in Malawi

In this recently completed project, Feed the Minds worked with AFECOPAD to provide women with life-changing literacy and vocational skills in Dzaleka refugee camp, Malawi.

Our recently completed project empowered women living in the camp, who are mostly refugees from nearby Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi, to earn sustainable incomes and participate in daily community life.

Bread making and tailoring skills for women refugees in Malawi

We trained a chosen group of women to become literacy trainers and train even more women in functional literacy skills. All women involved in the project gained vocational skills in tailoring and bread making, through intensive workshops and apprenticeships in their respective trades. These vital skills will enable the women to generate their own income, increase their household incomes by £20 a month and subsequently improve the living conditions for themselves and their families.

For both bread making and tailoring, Self-Help Groups (SHGs) were formed for groups of women to make financial savings so that, over time, loans will be available to individual members to help them invest in their businesses. All SHGs received financial training and a percentage of the income generated through bread making and tailoring will be used by the women to continue their literacy training beyond the end of this project.

In addition, we organised advocacy meetings with traditional and religious leaders. These will promote women’s participation in social affairs to help end discrimination against women.

These vital skills will enable the women refugees to generate their own income, increase their household incomes by £20 a month and subsequently improve the living conditions for themselves and their families.