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Solange Mapendo and Furaha House - Furaha House Women Empowerment Project in Goma/ DRC

Solange Mapendo and Furaha House - Furaha House Women Empowerment Project in Goma/ DRC
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In the DRC, peace-building at the local level requires reestablishing the security of communities where men and women play equally important, though perhaps different, roles. Security is not limited to physical protection but includes all aspects of life most notably economic opportunity, health and well-being, and participation in community governance. Due to husbands’ deaths, displacement or rejection of victims of sexual violence, Congolese women are increasingly called upon to serve as primary breadwinners and heads of households. Yet, they are trapped in a double bind in which they cannot leave their homes to trade in markets and farm in fields for fear of attacks. In the context of the horrific violence in eastern DR Congo, the importance of investing in women’s livelihoods programs is often overlooked. Solange Woodson' project with Furaha House is the only organization in the East of the D.R Congo thinking about innovative solutions to gender inequality, poverty, education, and economic livelihood. Furaha House is maximizing its vocational training success by creating a tailoring factory in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will employ its graduates and provide them with livable wages. Furaha House clothing factory that makes uniforms for different agencies including schools, hospitals, churches, government agencies, private sectors and ready to wear garment is innovative and has the potential of transforming the lives of so many women that have lost hope during the many decades of civil war and political unrest in the East of the D.R.Congo.
Date: 2018-06-27 21:30:04

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