All this work has an impact on violence in the home. Poverty is a key trigger for violence. The combination of economic empowerment, and awareness-raising around gender and social inclusion, changes the way family members view each other and builds more respectful, equitable relationships. (We’ve called our approach that’s centred upon this interplay between money and relationships EASE: Economic And Social Empowerment.)
And it’s not only the power dynamics between men and women that are changed: everyone in a household is involved in this training, and relationships change for grandparents and boys and girls as well, so the impact of this work passes upwards and downwards through the generations.
“After training we sit down together as a family, share what we learned with the family – that one really reduced the issue of quarrelling and other violence.” - anonymous, female focus group participant
“Women are more empowered, more economically independent. Some of them have even become leaders in the community.” - anonymous, male focus group participant