No more holding back the girls

Deki supports marginalised communities through micro-loans –working with people in extreme poverty. Over 70% of Deki loans go to female entrepreneurs. Many of these women have little to no education, and 36% of them are illiterate.

Deki has been providing micro-loans for almost 10 years. In that time we have learnt that access to financial services is an important step in increasing women’s economic empowerment. Deki works with our partners to tackle the underlying causes of gender discrimination and unequal division of labour and assets. We want to deliver good micro-finance, a loan with business and social training. All funds donated to Deki are invested in making sure that Deki entrepreneurs have the best chance of success.

Tending maize and shelling peanuts

Eliza works on her husband’s farm and takes care of all the chores at home, including looking after their 4 children. After tending to the maize, she cleans the house and cooks before heading to a community house to shell peanuts. She uses her small earnings on her children’s school fees, because her husband doesn’t give her any money for their education. She wanted to take out a micro-loan to start a market stall, but was afraid that her husband would take the money from her. She dreams of being financially independent and working together with her husband to support their family. A story that many women across the world have and are still living.

Meet Janet, helping communities towards gender equality

Janet has over 10 years of experience of working with women. She‘s an expert in the Gender Action Learning Systems(GALS) method, where she takes training into the home. She helps families and their wider community understand and change the behaviours that maintain gender discrimination.

She also works with our field partner, New Home, and their field-staff to promote and encourage the inclusion of women in social and economic activities. Janet works with families to increase male involvement in household chores. She uses visual tools, like vision road maps and gender balance trees to help develop new relationships between women and men, as equals.

Gender training is important so that men and women can work together. They create their vision for the future and they plan together so they have better results in utilising their loan – it gives them the strength and knowledge to work though their challenges to achieve their goals together.

Janet Biira – Training and Gender Officer, New Home

...And here is training in action

  • New Home for Community Rehabilitation - Kasese, Western Uganda

    Deki and New Home started working together in April 2017, bringing micro-loans and training to vulnerable and marginalized people. Together we’ve already supported 448 entrepreneurs with access to micro-loans and training.

    This year New Home took 95 households through five sessions of GALS training, such as visioning – drawing road maps to plan how they will achieve their dreams, problem identification, and gender justice.

    Peter, the Executive Secretary at New Home reported that after the training, men are responding positively to helping with household and farm work and women have more involvement in decision making and control of resources.

    In early 2018, we piloted a new monitoring programme to help us better understand how Deki loans can have a long lasting impact on people’s lives.

    You and Deki - Empowering women together - With your donation we are able to work with our field partners to provide the support needed by Deki entrepreneurs. We will work hard to challenge negative attitudes and discrimination towards girls and women – DONATE NOW to support our entrepreneurs and their whole community – making gender equality a reality