The Leakeys also have witnessed groups of between 10-13 women joining together to form an investment council by all contributing funds then deciding as a group how to invest it. “One of the first things these councils do is buy roofing for women’s houses,” says Leakey. “Women here build the homes with mud walls and thatched roofs, and older women who can no longer climb up and repair those roofs become a burden for the family. When they can put corrugated tin roof on the hut, then that elder female is not so dependent on her family.”
“It’s been a very, very humbling experience and we realize it takes everyone to make it happen, but it’s been gratifying to see the potential for significant change in the lives of these women,” says Leakey.