The Obunga Women’s Group has 18 members. These women have developed this group into much more than just a micro-finance accountability group. These women meet once a week to review the micro-finance data, but they also meet another day during the week to support each other. They meet at a different house each week and the host shares about what is going on in her family’s lives. This group also maintains a welfare kitty to use when a member needs extra help.
Jennifer Anyango is a guardian with Life for Children and is the treasurer of the Obunga Women’s Group. Jennifer has four children; after her husband died, she was not treated well by his family so she came back to live with her mother and sister. Jennifer buys corn each day, boils it and sells it. She has paid back two loans and has applied for a third loan. She has increased her family’s income with her business and provided the initial funds to allow her mother to also buy corn to boil and sell. She attempted to branch out into selling rice, but that did not turn a profit. Now she is planning to add buying and selling used clothing. She and her mother support eleven people in their household.
When Jennifer left her in-laws, she was a marginalized young widow with low self-esteem and little hope. Through the Obunga Women’s group and the microfinance program, she has become a self-confident young woman who knows she can provide for her family.