RAINS work on livelihoods has always been closely tied to child rights in that vulnerable women with children at risk of dropping out of school are encouraged to participate in ‘lahingos'(meetings) and discuss child rights issues during their weekly meetings. Livelihood support to women largely focuses on micro-credit provision, women in honey production, farming, as well as skills training on income generation and business planning.

Our achievements in this area are modest in comparison to 95% of women in the Northern Region estimated to have no access to financial services and credit and around 35% of women struggle to pay the costs of sending their children to school. The focus on vulnerable women therefore is justified as they suffer from social, political and economic inequalities. The inequalitis in access to resources, including land, make it difficult for women to obtain the money needed to cover the cost of their child’s education, a responsibility usually left to mothers. However, our efforts are more inclusive so as to avoid friction or divisiveness within households and the wider community.

RAINS therefore believes that when women are economically empowered, they stand a better chance ahead of their male counterparts to sustainably fund their children’s edcuation and cater for some other basic needs of children.