More than just cooking and cleaning
October 7, 2014
Recently, SHARE staff spent some time getting to know the women that form various Savings and Loans Groups in La Libertad. Cripdes Sur help found over 130 of these groups in the last year. Some have more than $1,000 in savings already. However, the purpose of the groups isn’t just to foster a culture of savings, but to also provide women with a space to talk about their rights. Many women in El Salvador have never been told that they have more rights than just “cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children,” as woman responded on television here the other day. The women of La Libertad are becoming organized and money savvy. “For Cripdes, there is a lot of satisfaction that comes from seeing these groups moving forward,” shared Zulma, Cripdes Sur Women’s Coordinator.
The following is a group interview of the women of Colonia Belen, Comasagua:
What do you like about the Savings and Loans Group?
“It motivates us to keep moving forward, especially those of us who are single mothers.”
“We now know how to value ourselves as women.”
“The time that we get to share together is the beautiful part of it all.”
“It is great what we are learning about our rights.”
What do the other women of the community think of the Savings and Loans Groups? Are they interested in joining?
“Some women say that they are too busy. But we are all busy, but I love being a part of this group because I learn so much.”
“Many more want to join next year after this cycle closes.”
What do the men of the community think of the Savings and Loans Groups?
“They support us!”
“My husband doesn’t put any obstacles in the way of my participation.”
“For the most part, they think everything is fine.”
“Now they know they can’t hit us because we have the numbers of the organization that will help us. Hitting women is illegal. We now know our rights.”
“[The men] ask, ‘When are they going to create Ciudad Hombre (referring to the government program Ciudad Mujer)?’ But the answer is that it already exists. It’s called Chalatenango, Santa Ana, and San Salvador (names of large cities in El Salvador).”
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