Issues mentioned include women’s role and position, vulnerability of widows, lack of economic opportunities, and the impact of HIV and AIDS. Women seem to be the more enthusiastic members of savings clubs and craft groups.
Sara was an orphan, has been widowed twice, and both her children have died. Her story reveals how precarious the position of a lone woman is, but also how the community helps women like her.
Grace is less vulnerable but her husband’s absence and attitude – he will only contribute to their son’s upbringing, and ignores their daughter’s needs – puts great economic pressure on her.
Mirriam’s story reveals how her father’s death brought poverty to his widow and children because his relatives took all the cattle and property, a practice she says no longer exists.