Elaine and Nicole traveled about 40 miles by very bumpy van from town to the remote small town of Kemondo, where we did some trainings on business and marketing. This was the first workshop so far this trip that men also attended! They said they were supportive of their wives working but some other of the women – when asked to list risks they might encounter in beginning or expanding a business – said their husbands saw their interests in outside work as a threat. This is a common refrain that Buwea leaders hear, yet they have a way of responding respectfully and continuing to be encouraging about a woman recognizing their own inherent worth.
After our work, everyone gathered at Hekima for an amazing afternoon meal outdoors hosted by the school teachers and the indomitable headmistress Sr. Esther. She was so happy and effusive to show us the completed Hekima guest house designed by the husband of WGC Board Chair Carolin Sinkfeld!!!