Through Women’s Savings Clubs, women are empowered with microfinance training, where they learn how to save, budget and to establish small businesses. Some have started small poultry farms and piggeries to sell meat at the local markets, while others are venturing into silk printing, woven crafts and home stays.
Embedded within community-organised Conservation Development Associations with established executive committees, the women’s savings clubs also empower women to engage in discussions on the governance of marine resources as well as other community meetings.
Gladys Fationa is the President of Gizo Environmental Livelihood Conservation Association (GELCA) in the Solomon Island’s Western Province, and is passionate about helping women of her community to save money, budget for their household needs, and even set up small businesses to earn an income.
“I’m very proud of my community, and I won’t let my age stop me,” Gladys tells us.
“I want to pass on the knowledge that I have gained to help other women benefit because I learned money is important and we need it to help our families, communities, schools and meet other social obligations,” she added.