Marimbo women

Marimbo women

Marimbo women

The Marimbo Women's Group have voluntarily supported the Ivor Leigh Memorial School in many ways since its inception, helping with food days and many other school events. They live in a very challenging environment, where, although there are possibilities for income generation, they need some startup help. CESO would like to support them through a Micro Finance project.

The project will provide a loan of £75 each to 20 of the women, who will use the money to set up their own small businesses, making soap, dying and making traditional clothing, or producing and selling food. When the business is running successfully and they are able to repay their loans, more women will be brought into the scheme.

Marimbo women showcasing their work

Marimbo women showcasing their work

A success story

Hawa, a member of the Marimbo Women’s Group, was given £50 in 2016 as a micro finance loan by CESO to extend her small soap business.  She paid back the same amount within 9 months to help other group members in order to extend their own small businesses.   

Hawa now runs her own daily cookery business and only do the soap business on a weekend basis. 

She makes profit running both businesses.   

Hawa says this is the happiest she has ever been. 

We have set up a specific campaign on Just Giving for this project. If you would like to support the Marimbo women, please use this link https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/ceso/marimbowomen