The Mwayiwathu HIV Support Group, based in Malawi, is comprised of 15 members, primarily women, who have been affected by AIDS—either personally or within their family. More than one third of the women are widows who have lost their husbands to the virus.
Widowhood, in Malawi, often leaves women economically disempowered and socially excluded. Mwayiwathu creates opportunities for change. The women who work with this cooperative use their wages to send their kids to school, pay for transportation to receive their medications from the hospital, make home improvements, and invest in side-business ventures.
The Mwayiwathu group works with Dsenyo, a Jesus’ Economy partner. Dsenyo is an organization committed to alleviating the suffering of the impoverished by helping local artisans learn self-sustainable trades. They use local and environmentally friendly materials that can be repurposed and recycled.
Dsenyo works alongside artisans to improve living situations for impoverished people, promote a holistic economy, respect cultural traditions, and build global relationships. Together, Jesus' Economy and Dsenyo are empowering female artisans from Africa and Latin America.
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