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Oageng’s Story

“I am grateful for the group and appreciate the support other members can provide. I even invited the [WE Group] Coordinator to my home so she can lead a discussion about HIV/AIDS and gender issues with me and my husband.”

Oageng from Mosokotso, Botswana

Her Story:
In a remote community in Botswana, Mrs. Oageng Regelepeng had always been an incredibly shy member of PCI’s village-led savings group, which empowers women to make decisions that affect their social and economic lives. During discussions she never spoke and would shield her face when addressed. However, over time, she slowly opened up and became comfortable enough to ask a fellow member to teach her to write her name, as she was illiterate.

When PCI staff members returned for the next meeting, they were shocked to see Mrs. Regelepeng’s name proudly written all over the group’s ledger book. In the months between learning to write her name and next meeting, Mrs. Regelepeng had transformed into a confident and outgoing woman capable of addressing topics that concerned her, such as HIV/AIDS and gender issues.