Empowering Women and Families through Self Help Groups: The Botswana Experience

Empowering Women and Families through Self Help Groups: The Botswana Experience

Keitseope Nthomang (University of Botswana, Botswana) and Dorothy Tlagae (Project Concern International (PCI), Botswana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0.ch001
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Abstract

The situation of women across the world is a concern for governments, donors, academics and development practitioners who have observed on-going disempowerment of women in the process of development. While much is known about women's level of disempowerment, little is known about relevant empowerment models and practical responses to address the challenges they face including feminization of poverty and gender inequalities. Project Concern International-Botswana (PCI) is implementing one empowerment model known as the Grass-Root building Our Wealth (GROW) model. The objective of this chapter is to share the experiences of poor women in Botswana who are currently using the GROW model to transform their lives. The model's vision is to build capacity of the poor into competent self-reliant individuals who will grow in confidence and seek to broaden their horizons. The task of the GROW model is to help poor people realize their potential and to take action by implementing plans that turn their empowerment dreams into reality.

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