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Neema Kahindo, Goma

In the future, I wish to make the whole community aware of this topic, and certainly all the unemployed girls.
  Watch or read Neema's story below:

Women's lifes at stake

At an age of 27, it is striking how determined Neema from Goma is about her actions and goals in the field of women's self-actualisation and employment. She became aware of the problems in this topic by her own experiences.
I saw that women found it normal to sleep with men to meet their basic needs. Yet this habit can lead to a lot of consequences: unwanted babies, abortions,...

Learning and earning

She realized that these kind of situations are extremely inhuman and by experiencing this injustice in her close environment a lot, it evoked also many strong emotions. So Neema didn't hesitate long to take action:
I decided to approach these women. I tried to make them understand that it is possible to earn a living in a different way.
She also concretely proposed a different way and some women were willing to follow her ideas. “We decided to have a shared money safe in which each person had to put 100 Congolese Francs every week(...)We could have approximately 0,7 American dollars per month.” The young Congolese entrepreneur got these women from the dangerous streets and decided to learn them a handicraft: sewing.
They learned gradually. We started selling the tablecloths that were crafted by ourselves. The revenues were shared equitably so that they didn't have to engage anymore with men.

A big change, but still a long road ahead

So not only could the problems of prostitution, unwanted pregnancies, abortions be decreased but also the women learned a certain skill which gave them occupation and a goal in life. This not only made Neema and the women happy but also their parents were ecstatic. “I got a lot of compliments from parents who say that I've done a great job by teaching their daughters a certain skill.” Although Neema has already brought a big change in her environment she realizes that her work is still far from done:
In the future, I wish to make the whole community aware of this topic, and certainly all the unemployed girls.
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