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It’s already been seven years since we undertook this wonderful project. Seven years full of joys, many smiles, and also more sorrows than we would have wanted to experience, but, ultimately, seven intense years that have changed our lives and mainly the lives of many families in Lamu.

It’s already been seven years since we realised that women in Lamu deserved us to leave our comfortable European life, families and friends aside, and to fight for a fairer future for them and their families, because they deserve this and much more.

Our beginnings were easy: A sewing workshop with 10 women, who were offered training, literacy, a decent job according to fair trade’s standards, children education, and dining room service for their children –a total of 15 back then–, both free of charge.

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Seven years later, the project has so grown that, during these years, we found ourselves in need of buying a piece of land to be able to take in the over 40 women who are part of the already four fair trade workshops nearly 100 in high production times– and the over 120 children we support in their child development. Moreover, a new project we dreamt of since our beginnings can finally see the light and get started: Afrikable’s Maternity Home, where a lot of women will be able to receive high-quality gynaecological assistance and pregnancy follow up, with the purpose of improving their sexual, reproductive, and maternal life.

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After these years, we can see big personal changes and little big leaps towards women’s empowerment in the evolution of women like Khadija Hassan, who used to sleep on her mother-in-law’s hut floor after her husband having abandoned her and her daughter, and who, after standing out in the sewing workshop for her qualities and skills, became store manager and has been the inland director of Afrikable for a few years now.

 

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A little big dose of magic when a woman like Fatuma Hassan when the only thing she’d ever done in her entire life was cutting wood, bringing water, and giving birth, is given the opportunity to show her worth, to learn to read and write, to overcome the difficulties and learn to use the sewing machine –though no one can stop her now...A little big dose of magic when Fatima gets to know her rights and doesn’t want her daughter to get married when she’s only 15 years-old: She wants her to study and to have a different future, a future she is able to choose.

 

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A huge dose of magic when Maryam Ramadhan faced her husband, who did not want her to work, nor to be seen by any other men –despite them being doctors when she was ill...and, despite receiving death threats from her now ex-husband and falling into deep depression, has overcome all these obstacles life has put in her way towards her empowerment. She’s now the CEO of her own life and she decides to work in Afrikable’s store, working face-to-face with customers, and to go to the doctor if she needs to, and she lives on her own and says she can now choose, and she chooses not to marry until she finds a man who respects her the way she deserves.

 

During these seven years, over 400 people have taken part in our solidarity holidays programme, been part of our joys and our sorrows, and have been able to see firsthand all this progress.

Seven years full of stories, many of them happy, some of them very sad, which break our souls...Seven years which would not have been possible without your help and cooperation. Thank you so much for trusting us, for supporting us, for reading us, for spreading our work. In short, thanks a lot for being there!

To other 7, 70, or 7 000 years! CONGRATULATIONS, AFRIKABLE, and keep on growing!

 

 

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Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Sara Vivarelli

Read 1043 times Last modified on Friday, 23 December 2016 12:03
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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

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