Widows are amongst the most vulnerable group in Africa. In traditional rural African societies, women marry young and stay at home to look after the children. The husband is the bread winner whose earnings provide financial support for the family.
The death of a husband is traumatic and with no state support, it necessitates that the widow finds some form of paid employment. Typically this would be a low wage job which is sometimes insufficient to pay for food and shelter. Often the need is such that young children who should be attending school are required to take up some form of underage employment to supplement their mother’s income in order to feed the family. It is this financial burden which makes it necessary for the children to be withdrawn from school. Read the Widows’ Perspective.
ACT is providing training in business skills for widows so that they can generate sustainable income to be able to look after their families and educate their children.