Our experience shows us that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. Not everyone starts from the same place on the path out of poverty. Lack of education for girls contributes to early marriage, higher birth rates, and lower income. Discriminatory laws prohibit women from owning or inheriting property, holding bank accounts, or prosecuting their abusers.
Girls face the greatest risk, as they often have no choice but to leave school to help their family earn money, find food, look after younger siblings, collect water, and run the household while their parents work.
Women and girls are an important part of the solutions needed to truly overcome poverty. Women tend to transfer improvements in their own lives to the lives of their children, families and communities. To ensure this happens, we promote savings and provide women with small loans so they can turn their talents into businesses.
In March, Kutoa will be partnering with CARE to bring awareness and address this issue.