The group was originally primarily intended to support child-mothers, though now includes many members who are vulnerable in other ways too, including widows, orphans and victims of gender-based violence. Few have a regular income or a formal education. The group pool their savings to ensure that no-one goes without and that their money is secure, and as well as building craft skills for members, they share important knowledge on topics such as gender-based violence, HIV, finance and parenting. They even offer micro-loans to members, to help them to develop potential income streams and sharing the interest amongst the group.
Teaching each other to make jewellery and other craft items (such as mats and bags) allows the group to provide an income for themselves, allowing them to continue to support their members. By selling the jewellery, our volunteers allow the group to increase their income, and therefore improve the quality of life for the members and their children.
Here are some examples of the group's jewellery that we have brought back to the UK: