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Grants Awarded | Mano River Union

Lei Women in Development (Lei)
Kailahun District, Sierra Leone

Lei Women in Development was formed in 2003 to address the complicated and difficult issues affecting the lives of women and their families in local communities, particularly around the issues of sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence against women and children. Over the years, Lei’s goal has been to empower rural women leaders to speak out about these issues; however, Lei’s goals have expanded to include women’s entitlement to land, property, capital, technology, finance and decision making. Lei has over 600 members, spanning the Peje West Chiefdom. Given the limitations of poverty and weak technical capacity, Lei’s programmatic activities have initially addressed the survival needs of women and children, particularly around food production and income generation. Lei has been receiving community grants from the National Accountability Group since 2006 and has become a leading producer of rice among the women’s groups in the area.

2009$6,7621 year
This grant enables Lei to purchase a rice huller and construct a drying floor for rice that will service 4-5 sub-groups. The grant also enables the group to develop its capacity in grants administration and financial management as well as hold exchange visits and networking activities with other women’s associations in the region.

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