Empowering Disadvantaged Women

Opportunities for education, employment and micro-enterprise are offered to struggling women and orphaned/underprivileged teenage girls. Tailoring classes, agricultural farming, start-up capital for small businesses, ante- and post-natal education, and job skills training are among some of the support options assisting and empowering women in rural Kinshasa. (See Espoir Congo Presentation Video--Part 2)

Badera so happy to be able to learn a trade

Badera so happy to be able to learn a trade

Tailoring class

Tailoring class

Much has been written about the mass rapes of Eastern Congo, mutilations and other inhuman violence women are being subjected to by rebels and armed forces. However peaceful the province of Kinshasa may be, women here still struggle to receive an education and to make a living, being too often abandoned by the men who gave them children, through rape or otherwise. To help bring life-long solutions to the problem, Espoir Congo offers struggling women and orphaned/underprivileged teenage girls and unwed mothers opportunities for education, employment and micro-enterprise.

Tailoring classes

Tailoring classes

Espoir Congo sponsors 15 orphaned and vulnerable girls to receiving tailoring training

Orphaned and vulnerable girls receiving tailoring training

Tailoring classes are offered to unwed teenage mothers, as well as to teenage orphaned girls. Espoir Congo sponsors training for 15 of them.

single mothers and orphaned girls learning tailoring

single mothers and orphaned girls learning tailoring

Vulnerable woman growing vegetables as a micro-enterprise in our Kikimi field to help support her family

Vulnerable woman growing vegetables in our Kikimi field to help support her family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agriculture is also made available to single mothers.

Florence also runs the pharmacy as a micro-enterprise

Florence also runs the pharmacy as a micro-enterprise

Florence runs the dispensary and the pharmacy

Florence runs the dispensary and the pharmacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The medical center is being run by Florence, a registered nurse and midwife.

Midwife Florence after delivering two babies

Midwife Florence after delivering two babies

Post natal care

Post natal care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ante and post-natal care and training are given to expecting and new mothers.

Woman teacher

Woman teacher

First grade female teacher

First grade female teacher

Other women are employed at the school and the medical center.

Annie making school uniforms

Annie making school uniforms

Female nurse employed in Kikimi

Female nurse employed in Kikimi

Several women are benefitting from the micro-enterprise program, which is enabling them for example to send their children to school and cover the tuition fees, or to pay for their own university studies.

Bibiche, young mother in difficulty, starts a micro-enterprise

Bibiche, young mother in difficulty, starts a micro-enterprise

Huguette's micro-enterprise helped her finance her university studies.

Huguette's micro-enterprise helped her finance her university studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justine sells wholesale on the market to support her family

Justine sells wholesale on the market to support her family

Marie sells water wholesale from her house to help support her orphaned grand-children.

Marie sells water to help support her orphaned grand-children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florence sells food items

Florence sells food items

 

Thanks to their micro-enterprise Theo and Florence are able to support their family and educate their children

Thanks to her micro-enterprise Florence is able to cover her children's tuition fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students are receiving secretarial training.

Thanks to Espoir Congo, Huguette is receiving secretarial training

Thanks to Espoir Congo, Huguette is receiving secretarial training

Clotilde Volpe gives Huguette and Jessica secretarial classes

Clotilde Volpe gives Huguette and Jessica secretarial classes

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