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Anne, I neglected to answer one of your questions. In terms of what will constitute the training, that will be determined based on the information gathered from the needs assessment. That way the training is relevant and meets immediate needs. You can read an example of how we see this playing out above under the bolded text "An example of how this training would address the challenge."

Hi Anne, you bring up a number of interesting points. I'll be updating our submission to include examples as you have suggested. In regards to your request for feedback on the Bindis, I think that it is challenging to ask women to volunteer their time; so much of their lives are consumed by unpaid work, so I would think about how their role as a bindi could be income generating. The fact that bindis are women from a certain community who are reaching out to help other women in that same community (often newcomers) is spot on.

In terms of synergies with Rapundo's ideas, I see that we both are motivated to make the lives of women and children better. Where I think that we differ in approaches is that the premise of Mama Shwari is that because women are working, they are not able to fulfill their role as a parent, and therefor their children suffer. Zawadisha's stance would be that when women work, they are better able to care for their families by financing contributing to the home, for example with school fees, and they gain confidence by starting and growing a business. Our leadership training would look at what tools women need to navigate this new role in the home, how to capitalize on their new found independence, and how to mitigate the cultural challenges that exist because they are indeed challenging gender norms. I could envision, for example, that Zawadisha's trainings focus on how to engage men as caregivers in the home, as men love their children too. There's been a robust dialogue about how to engage men in women's empowerment (, so rather than create a program that engages women in traditional gender roles, we can look at how to shift things through culturally appropriate methods. I think that having a parenting (and family planning) component to a broader training agenda could be very beneficial. The fact that Rapundo's ideas incorporates women helping other women is incredibly important, and I would say highly effective.

What I appreciate about the Ugandan idea is how men will be included in ending violence against women--that is fundamental and our partner, Dolphin Anti-Rape and AIDs Control Outreach currently provides workshops to boys and men, assisting them in understanding how they can be active agents in solving this momentous problem.

The idea put forth by Ndonwi Wilfred in Cameroon is also valuable as he is examining how to engage youth. In Kenya, the demographic experiencing the highest rate of unemployment are young people, so I can attest to the importance of addressing that issue. Zawadisha is testing out the water in that space through a pilot project in Kitale. We are collaborating with a local NGO on providing loans to young women who will undergo business and community development training. They will take their new-found skills to support older women in the community.

Thank you Meena. Great suggestion on including a user journey, or as Anne described below, including a scenario. You'll see our submission updated shortly! Re: your question about community-based micro lending, it doesn't so much describe where the funds come from as it does where our priorities lie. Zawadisha is not a bank, and we are not a microfinance institution. That grants us an incredible amount of flexibility and freedom, but more importantly it means that the members of Zawadisha are at the core of our daily work. We focus on the impact that Zawadisha has on their daily lives, rather than looking at our profit or size of portfolios to evaluate our progress. But since we are a non-profit 501c3, that does mean that all of the funds that we raise are funneled into the communities in which our women live in the form of loans, training, and education.