FEATURE23 June 2020

100 weeks to change

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One organisation is helping women in Africa escape poverty, working with survey software firm Nebu to track progress. By Malgorzata Mleczko.

Do all household members own at least one pair of shoes? How often do you or any member of the household go without enough food to eat? Do you have access to clean water? How often have you lost a lot of sleep because of worries? Considering everything happening in your life, do you feel happy and capable of facing your problems? These are some of the many questions being asked regularly to women in rural areas of Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana taking part in the 100Weeks project.

100Weeks is a Dutch non-profit organisation supporting African women on their way out of extreme poverty. Operating under the tagline ‘temporary cash for permanent change’, 100Weeks provides women with €8 weekly ‘mobile money’ cash transfers via phones for 100 weeks.
Instead of offering food or supplies, 100Weeks offers unconditional financial support, along with some basic training in financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills. With that approach, women stabilise and improve their living conditions, and when those ...