Every month the group meets, and each of its 12 members contribute 50 Rupees (58p) to a group savings account. Each member then has the chance to take out a loan, allowing them to invest in the tools they need to earn an income and grow more food.
In receiving this loan, the women are being given an opportunity. For the first time they are able to shape their own futures and together, take action together to combat hunger and poverty.
Malawians are currently suffering the effects of El Niño – a complex weather phenomenon that brings severe drought, and with it, crop failure and hunger.
On 12th April 2016, the Malawian government declared a national state of disaster.
But thanks to your support, the farmers that Find Your Feet work with are now able to prepare for and endure unpredictable weather conditions.
At the heart of all of Find Your Feet’s work is partnership.
We work in partnership with local organisations, and we work in partnership with local people, providing opportunities for them to make their voices heard. We ask the people we support to help us understand their needs, and allow their opinions to shape the work we do.
They farm the land, gather produce from the forest, go to market, rear livestock, bring up children and maintain the family home. Yet Adivasi women are not equally represented in community discussion and local decision making.
Find Your Feet has been working in Talamai’s village since 2009, helping to set up support groups for local women. The support groups provide training and information on public services, and support local women to lobby for their rights.