This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Agnes Kwaje, the Minister of Social Development and Child Welfare in the Republic of South Sudan said this while on an official visit to Western Equatoria State on empowering women in the state.
Kwaje passed her congratulatory message to the Birish Association who had spent their money by setting up a tailoring centre to knit clothes and uniforms.
In July, fifteen women graduated in a State Ministry of Social Development- sponsored dress-making course.
Chairperson of Birish Women Group Association Elizabeth Benjamin thanked the government for the support, saying it shows its commitment to improve livelihoods of the local women.
The Deputy State Governor Sapan Abui encouraged all the graduates to be part of the training centre and help bring in others from the area for training.
Abui said that the government will support the centre through provision of equipment, adding that such trainings can be offered by development partners operating in the state.
The women are glad that the rural areas have greatly improved against the meaning of the word Birish, ‘dark region’.
However, insufficient resources pose a challenge for the group as it could not afford sewing machines and the high cost of training materials.
The association has bought a land within the market where they sell products to sustain themselves.
Other groups like Nawote have requested for money to construct a fish pond for their development.
The Director General of Social Development and Child Welfare Nama Bullen encouraged the women groups to always be accountable and accurate in spending the available funds as this will help them when they request for more funds.
During the meeting, the Deputy Governor Sapana Abui welcomed the minister and her delegation assuring them of security.