Among the displaced people in Sudan, two out of three households are run by widows or women who have lost contact with their husbands because of the civil war.
Some women have been forced into prostitution, or simply have no job skills by which to earn a living. Of the women who have husbands, most can only find low-paying menial jobs. Many have had to receive into their families the orphans of relatives who have died, which adds an extra burden to their already limited resources.
Though in difficult situations, these women are intelligent and creative, and long to improve their situation. Our goal is to help these women become self-supporting. Ideas for self-help projects come from the women themselves. Example businesses include soap making, tea shops, tailoring shops, and tie-dye businesses.
WorldShare would like to help 200 women start income-generating businesses, greatly improving the whole family’s living standard.