Restoring Teenage Mothers through Savings Groups


Restoring Teenage Mothers through Savings Groups

21-year-old Jeanette conceived at the age of 18. When she got pregnant, her family and the neighbourhood could barely accept her; everyone at home was rude to her. She felt frustrated and decided to leave her parents’ home and go stay with her grandmother.

“The man who impregnated me denied that he had done so. He told me to wait until I give birth so he could determine if the baby looked like him or anyone in his family. He still denied the baby and has never supported her in any way.” Jeanette says.

Jeanette later joined a group ran by World Vision that comprised of 17 teenage mothers. They were equipped with skills and knowledge in areas like business, reproductive health, behaviour and mindset change, etc. After the training, they formed a savings group, from which they were able to save and also obtain loans. The teenage mothers stated that they all changed their mindset and started focusing more on being financially empowered. Today, most of them have secured loans from the savings group and started up small-scale businesses which are helping them meet their needs and take care of their children.

Being a part of this group brought back hope to Jeanette. She was glad to be part of a group of girls who had gone through the same experience as her and would therefore understand her. “Through this group, I have learnt business skills and my self-esteem has been restored. I got a loan from the savings group and invested in agriculture. Through my business profit, I was able to complete the loan refund. Now I can take care of my daughter and my grandmother who is paralysed,” she says.

Jackline, the chairperson of the group, says that they have been able to change their mindset through sharing ideas amongst themselves. Most of the girls in this group gave birth at a very young age and when they meet and share amongst themselves, it helps them emotionally. “The training we received through the programme has empowered us in many different ways. It has enabled us to be self-reliant and financially empowered. Now we can take care of ourselves,” Jackline shares.

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