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‘Ebola does not stop our economic activities’

- Bombali Peace Mothers declares

February 27, 2015 By Solomon Yarjoh

The Peace Mothers in Masabong Section in the Pakimasabong Chiefdom are one of the successful Peace Mother groups in Fambul Tok International’s operational areas in the Bombali District. Before the war, the community continued to be challenged by issues bordering on women’s participation in community development, gender and the rights of children. Women’s effective participation in development was more pervasive in that community where traditional practices in most cases overshadowed their participation.

After the war, it was very difficult for people to work together. There was an atmosphere of fear, grudge, suspicion, lack of cohesion and the initiative to undertake livelihood activities by community members, especially women.

After their healing and reconciliation ceremonies in 2011, the Peace Mothers initiated the idea of micro revolving loans. It all started with community members contributing money as revolve scheme amongst themselves in all 14 villages in the chiefdom.

After nearly four years in the revolving loan scheme, the Peace Mothers in Bombali District can now boost of the sum of Le23 million in their coffers.

With support from the U.S. State Department through Fambul Tok, the group was provided with a rice mill machine as a livelihood support.

Despite the Ebola virus rampaging the country, the Peace Mothers continued with their normal activities. One may wonder how they managed to stay together. As they are aware of restrictions on movement and community by-laws, they usually select a representative to visit every village to collect their monthly contributions.

“Despite the Ebola disease, we continue to realize gains in our economic activities,” says Adama Lakkoh, chairlady of the Peace Mothers’ group in Masabong Section.

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