Women2Women Empowerment Initiative
The focus of this program is on the women of the Sub-Saharan African country of Malawi. This initiative is to bridge the gap between women of Malawi and concerned African American women’s organizations, to continue the services for children and families impacted by AIDS, which was formerly funded by a grant through the Bill Gates Foundation for four years.
Malawi is one of the most impoverished nations in Africa, with a population of 12.3 million. It is the 10th poorest country where approximately 15-20% of the adult population is HIV positive, and 61% of the infected adults are women. Legacy Ladies has partnered with the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance to provide home based care for people with AIDS and orphan care in 37 villages in Malawi. Funding will also support the women to begin income-generating activities such as growing exotic mushrooms, baking and selling bread, setting up vegetable stands, and breeding goats. This will empower them economically and socially, enabling then to have control over their lives and prevent them from being driven to transactional sex to survive