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REBECCA JIMMY YAMBASU’S JOURNEY TO LEADERSHIP
12th May,2024

Rebecca’s journey has touched many, especially young girls. Her story is not just one of personal triumph but a defining moment showcasing the power of per- severance, courage, and the firm belief in the possibility of a better tomorrow. Jimmy Yambasu has shattered stereo- types and paved the way for a more inclu- sive and equitable society in Kono District.

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THE INSPIRING JOURNEY OF GBOTIMA AND SINAVA VSLA GROUPS/h5>
12th May,2024

The story of the Gbotima and Sinava VSLA groups is one of triumph over ad- versity, unity in diversity, and women empowering themselves and their com- munities. It is a story that inspires, uplifts, and reaffirms the boundeless potentialof collective action in creating a better tomorrow.

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RISING FROM THE ASHES: RAMATU’S JOURNEY OF EMPOWERMENT
12th May,2024

Ramatu’s journey began with a deep sense of purpose rooted in her personal experiences and the challenges she wit- nessed around her. Despite surviving a difficult first marriage, she refused to be defined by her circumstances. Instead, she channelled her energy into advo- cating for those who needed a voice the most: girls and women.

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THE YOUNGEST COUNCILOR IN SIERRA LEONE
12th May,2024

Margret’s future seemed confined to subsistence farming. Despite these challenges, she completed her West African Senior School Certificate Examination in 2021 at the age of 20. That same year, Margret was recruited by SEND Sierra Leone, an NGO sup- ported by the Irish Embassy in Sierra Leone, to participate in the More Than A Woman project aimed at supporting women’s participation in politics and decision-making processes in Bon- the District.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP THE STORY OF THE BONTHE WOMEN IN GOVERNANCE NETWORK
12th May,2024

One notable success of BonWiGN is the establishment of the KAKEBO pure water packaging facility in Yagoi Village. The facility was strategically positioned to attract business from across the coun- try and provide a vital service by supplying safe drinking water. This initiative demonstrated the collective vision and perseverance of the women involved.

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CHAMPIONING WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BONTHE DISTRICT CHAIRPERSON’S ENDURING LEGACY
12th May,2024

Assiatu Conteh’s journey from Bonthe to the United Kingdom and back to her roots is a testament to her resilience and determination. Born and raised in Bon- the, Assiatu pursued education and opportunities abroad, yet remained deeply connected to her homeland. Her return in 2023 was marked by a commitment to transforming her community, particularly by empowering women and addressing the challenges of poverty and inadequate infrastructure is seen as a pinnacle of leadership.

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RESILIENCE IN ADVERSITY: THE JOURNEY OF CHRISTIANA YAMBA
12th May,2024

Christiana Yamba, a 24-year-old member of the Chochendeh VSLA group in Jiama Nimikoro Chiefdom, Kono District, was born into poverty. Growing up with a single mother who struggled to make ends meet, Christiana’s education was cut short in class two because her mother could not afford the school fees and necessar learning materials. Forced to drop out of school, she joined her family members in farming. Despite these hardships, a flicker of hope burned within her youthful heart.

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BREAKING BARRIERS AND SHAPING THE FUTURE OF SIERRA LEONE POLITICS THE STORY OF HONOURABLE ALICE KORNYA SANDY
12th May,2024

Before embarking on her political journey, Alice was a distinguished Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone, fully immersed in the legal intricacies of the nation. However, her heart yearned for something more—a fervent desire to uplift the vast majority of people, particularly women and girls, through advocacy and lobbying. This desire had been nurtured since her high school days. Coming from a highly intense political district where intra-party politics is fierce and highly contestable, Alice’s hope of success seemed fragile. To build bridges and foster collaboration, she joined the Young Women in Governance Network, an initiative supported by SEND Sierra Leone through the Irish Embassy in Sierra Leone.

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Councillor Matinda representing Kamara Chiefdom leads transformative leadership in Sierra Leone
22th October,2023

This VSLA group trained by SEND Sierra with financial support from Irish Aid through the Embassy of Ireland in Sierra Leone, became the catalyst propelling Matinda towards an unforeseen pinnacle of leadership.

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Forging a Path of Progress: Engineers Without Borders-Denmark Catalyzes Change in Sierra Leone
28th August,2023

SEND Sierra Leone receives over $20,000 worth of donated educational resources, health and water systems tools and equipment from Engineers without Borders-Denmark

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Leveraging Opportunities: The Business savvy-mind of Etta Beah
4th March,2023

Etta Beah is an outstanding entrepreneur who has built successful business ventures with support from the BIFT project

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From Fish Smoking to Safe Cold Fish Preservation: Ngada Chalie's Journey to Alternative Livelihood
3rd March,2023

The story follows Ngada Chalie's journey of empowerment as she transitioned from fish smoking to fish preservation through freezing, thanks to the support and training she received from a SEND, Terra Tech and BMZ, ultimately leading to her achieving financial independence and improved health.

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From Teacher to Entrepreneur: James Milton's Journey with the VSLA
30th January,2023

James,a teacher in Sierra Leone overcomes gender stereotypes and financial struggles by joining a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and using the skills he gained to start a successful fishing business.

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Defying Stereotypes: The Empowering Spirit of Shadiatu
30th January,2023

Shadiatu Manyeh, a 22-year-old student from Kenema, has managed to shatter the glass ceiling and become a beacon of hope for young girls in her community

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Transforming Lives: Fatmata Kemoh
30th January,2023

Fatmata’s journey from struggling marginalized petty trader to a thriving entrepreneur committed to providing her children the education she never had, is testament to the power of access to financial for women and adult literacy education for women in Sierra Leone.

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INCLUSIVE DIALOGUE FOR WOMEN'S POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT
30th November,2022

SEND Sierra Leone through funding provided by the UNDP, organised dialogue-meetings in the Falaba, Port Loko and Pujehun districts that brought together women groups, political parties, traditional authorities and other electoral stakeholders. The week-long activity was a platform for the women groups and stakeholders to discuss and develop strategies to increase the number of women in elected positions in the districts.

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THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA FOR SIERRA LEONEAN WOMEN
17th November,2022

Many desire a Sierra Leone where men and women are treated equally. This has gradually come to the fore as the 5th Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone enacted the “Gender Empowerment Act 2021” on 15th November 2022. In the coming weeks, the President’s assent of the Act will formally establish this law for which women and their allies (individual and institutional) will have reasons to celebrate

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Climate Resilience in Rural Communities in Sierra Leone
30th September,2022

This project has been an eye opener to us as far as climate change is concerned. Before this time, we had little or no idea of what climate change is but with the support of SEND and Engineers without Borders-Denmark, they taught us and even provided us some funds to buy tools for us to embark on tree planting, drainage, and dumpsite construction. This is a blessing to us”, said Chief Saffa of Geima in Dama chiefdom

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Better Days for Fisherfolk in Yagoi
29th July,2022

Yagoi is the most populous fishing market in the Southern province of Sierra Leone and attracts buyers from allover Sierra Leone on the main fishing days. However the livelihoods of fisherfolk in Yagoi are constantly threatened by low prices of their fish stocks because they within the entire town, there is no cold storage facility to aid in the preservation of fish stock.

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Telu Musa, an agent of change in Lawana
13th May,2022

Telu Musa is a widower who has cultivated over 4 acres of IVS rice to support his children through school using loans provided to him by his community VSLA which was supported by European Union, Welthungerhilfe and SEND.

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Fatmata Barrie, an empowered womanr
13th May,2022

After Fatmata received financial support from the European Union, Welthungerhilfe and SEND to invest into a palm oil trading business she has earned sustainable income and saved enough of her profits to cater for her children and construct a water well for her home.

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Isatu, a resilient women
13th May,2022

Isatu is a widow who received financial support from the European Union, Welthungerhilfe and SEND to invest into entrepreneurship to earn a sustainable income and save for the construction of water wells and latrines.

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Yusuf the empowered volunteer teacher
13th May,2022

Yusuf is a volunteer teacher who received financial support from the European Union, Welthungerhilfe and SEND to invest into entrepreneurship to earn a sustainable income and save for the construction of water wells and latrines.

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CHANGING RURAL DYNAMICS WITH THE VSLA
6th November,2021

The VSLA continues to empower rural women across Sierra Leone with more women been able to invest into businesses in Kailahun district.

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STIMULUS GRANT FOR COVID-19 RESILIENCE FOR MRU WOMEN
6th October,2021

With livelihoods threatened by COVID-19,this grant disbusal could not have come at a much needed time for the women of the MRU than now.

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THE GENDER MODEL FAMILY AN ICEBREAKER IN FOSTERING GENDER TRANSFORMATIVE ROLES
6th July,2021

A man molded by societal beliefs, Francis Kamara was a typical traditional Sierra Leonean man who was raised to believe that the man holds all authority in his home and owes no any explanation for his actions.

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YOU ARE ONLY LIMITED WHEN YOU LIMIT YOURSELF
6th July,2021

At 24 years, I was already looking like a 45-year-old person, but now I feel and breathe like my age mates,” remarked Zainab with a laugh as she narrated her story.

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BREAKING AND SURVIVING THE ODDS
6th July,2021

In rural communities like Funkia in the York rural area of the Western Area Rural district in Sierra Leone, women who are mostly fishmongers and petty traders have little formal education.

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FARMING AND ACCESS TO FINANCE AS A MEANS TO SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
5th June,2021

The plight of vulnerable widows and single mothers in Sierra Leone worsened as the COVID-19 pandemic caused community and national lockdowns which brought to an abrupt halt any form of livelihood and income generating activities these women were engaged in.

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EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN TO MAKE A CHANGE
5th June,2021

Sia Hulia Posuwaa like many other young Sierra Leonean women had to drop out of school due to their family’s inability to pay school expenses and support the family by engaging in some trade.

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GAINING POLITICAL LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE VILLAGE SAVINGS AND LOANS SCHEME
5th June,2021

Growing up, Rose Marie Fatorma saw her once vibrant hometown of Tongo experience the effects in the decline of diamond mining as absentee fathers,poverty and conflict ravaged through households leaving mothers who were heavily dependent on their spouses with nothing.

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THE VSLA IS A TOOL FOR YOUNG WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
7th June,2021

The year 2019 would prove to be not only be a daunting year for Muediatu M Manyeh but also a year where she would be free.

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BREAKING BARRIERS: AN ECHELON TO SUCCESS
7th June,2021

Mariama Kalokoh, called "Power Saw," born in Tongo Bomi, Niawa region, Lower Bambara chiefdom is well known for being a vivacious young lady who is inspired to empower women and communities to become self-reliant.

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Changing gender roles in cocoa-growing communities
11th March,2021

Musu Boima is proud to be a role model for greater gender equity in her household following her family’s participation in Gender Model Family training.

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Changing Lives Through The SBD
11th September,2020

Momoh Bawoh and his wife Fatamata Bawoh are beneficiaries of the LANN+ project residing in Mendekellema, a small community in Gaura Chiefdom (Kenema District).

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Hawa Ansumana – Baiima
16th July,2020

Hawa is a 29 years old student of the Bunumbu Teachers College pursuing Teaching Certificate. She is very industrious and is involved in various activities. She is a farmer, a volunteer community teacher and a student.

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Baindu Gbessay-Mamboma
16th July,2020

Mamboma is a community in ward 27, Constituency 010 in Peje Bongre chiefdom about 8 miles from the chiefdom headquarter town, Manowa.

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Amie Sao- Baiima
15th July,2020

“The health insurance box that was brought by SEND Sierra Leone with support from Irish Aid and Christian Aid has been so much impactful to me”, exclaimed Amie Sao a farmer in Baiima community, Mandu chiefdom, Kailahun district.

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Funkia community
15th July,2020

The women of Funkia community are not in any way an exception to these problems. Funkia is found within the Goderich community around the peninsula of Western Rural District.

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Seibatu Keifala- Ngolahun
15th July,2020

The sun had set when we visited Seibatu Keifala who was seated in front of her house with her mother and children having a conversation.

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NYANDEHUN COMMUNITY
14th July,2020

Nyandehun, with a population of 1500 inhabitants is among the eleven communities located in the Sandaru section of Gaura chiefdom located in the Kenema District.

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Jamaica community
14th July,2020

Jamaica is a coastal community whose inhabitants are mainly involved in seasonal fishing and subsistence agriculture.

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Transforming lives!
Improving communities.
14th July,2020

Bomplake is a coastal community found in the Ngonoh section of the Sherbro island in Southern Sierra Leone.

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GENERATING INCOME THROUGH AGRICULTURE IN MAMBOMA COMMUNITY IN KAILAHUN DISTRICT
17th June,2020

Agriculture is a significant venture for most rural areas, especially in Africa. According to USAID, over 60% of Sierra Leone’s labour force is engaged in subsistence farming and women make up about 75% of this population.

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COMMENTARY ON BONTHE
MONITORING VISITS
2nd June,2020

According to UNICEF (Joint Monitoring Programme), 3 in 10 people worldwide lack access to safe readily available water at home while 6 in 10 or 4.4 billion people lack safely managed sanitation.

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Project 100 supplementary
COVID-19 response.
30th May,2020

The action plan developed for the use of the funds was centered on ensuring that the local economy in Kenema and surrounding communities.

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Marie Kamara
19th May,2020

The WISE project has instilled pride in all of us. We are a registered group that is recognised legally by the council with the help of SEND Sierra Leone.

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Mariatu James Kabia
22nd May,2020

The business training has helped me solve business challenges and grow my business.

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