Women Helping Women

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

Mama Fatuma is 47 years old and the mother of four school-age children. Her life has not been easy since her husband divorced her and married another woman. She was all her children had to depend on, and at times left in darkness, not knowing where to start.

Mama Fatuma joined the intellligent and hard-working women of the Rubani Women’s Group. As the goal of GHNI is to transform the poor and give hope to the hopeless, the group was helped by gaining smart ideas and skills from GHNI staff on how to generate income and earn a living.

One of those ideas was a financial “merry-go-round.” All 17 members started contributing some amount of money and allocating the total to one member each month, with the circle continuing until each member had capital to start a business. They also save an amount every month to support their most needy.

It seems unbelievable that Mama Fatuma is in her own shop, generating income for her family from this simple idea. She is so happy and grateful to GHNI for extending skills and knowledge that  transformed her life.

Knowledge that Saves Lives

Due to the high transmission of HIV/AIDS and other diseases caused by poor infant delivery measures in the village, we felt obliged to equip and train handlers in the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves first, then mothers and infants.

We’ve had cases of traditional birth attendants who became infected with HIV/AIDS not from sexual transmission, but poor handling of mothers of unknown status during delivery. Then these midwives unknowingly transmitted the infection to other delivering mothers, as well as their infants.

Though we discourage home delivery and teach the community to avoid it at all cost, at times they are forced to perform it due to the distance from village to hospital. Also, the affordability of hospital delivery is an issue, so training traditional midwives became part of the solution to fight maternal and infant mortality, HIV/AIDS transmission, and other issues such as fistula.

We issued a simple kit that was sufficient to keep safe all those involved in a delivery. Later we reminded the community of the importance of knowing personal HIV/AIDS status. They were so happy to learn that a mother can be positive but deliver a child who is negative if she takes her drugs as administered and follows instructions during delivery.

Thank you! Your partnership with GHNI has made a positive impact on the health and overall well being of Ola Nagele villagers.

Wubshet & Habiba

GHNI National Field Leaders, Kenya