Female Empowerment 

Anne's Story


Anne was a Rwandan refugee who returned to her country in 1994, after the Rwandan genocide, to work with perpetrators and victims of the crimes in a peace and reconciliation unit.

Anne works to

‘put right what went wrong’

in the conflict. She especially focuses on women’s cooperatives:

‘they are special because the people are being transformed.’

Anne is an inspirational role model for the women she works with, giving them confidence that they too can change their lives.

Empowerment may be considered as the freedom of women from oppression, the power to control their own lives, and the removal of gender inequality.

Education and cooperation are key to women’s empowerment. Education of women in difficult situations enables them to gain a degree of financial independence. The women may learn through adult literacy programmes or by training in vocational skills such as sewing and crop-planting.

Women have improved their lives by joining together to learn and earn

Women have found that they can best improve their situations by joining together, for example by forming workers’ cooperatives. Women’s groups provide a supportive environment where women can share problems, gain skills, and begin saving schemes and income generating activities. Education and cooperation of women also has a wider effect on the community, as the women’s increased earning capacity allows them to provide for their children better, improving child nutrition and education.

Female leaders play an important part in these initiatives, showing women what they can do with their lives.

Afrinspire is helping women to empower themselves

For over a decade, Afrinspire has been supporting women’s groups like Anne’s by providing grants, often to cover essential start-up costs for new women’s cooperatives. Once these costs have been met, the groups become self-supporting and often develop into important community enterprises.

What you can do

Two groups have recently asked for our support:

- Yetana’s women’s group needs £200 to cover the costs of growing beans and ground nuts, which they can sell to support their 15 families and to buy school equipment for the local orphans.

- Nabikhoso Sangirira’s women’s group needs £350 to buy farming tools and seeds, again to feed their 30 families.  

Visit our donations or fundraising pages to see how you can help

A group of rural women joining together as a labour force to generate income


A group of rural women joining together as a labour force to generate income