boMake Rural Projects’ Sustainable Livelihoods programme equips women and youth in rural communities of Eswatini with business skills and access to seed capital to create income-generating opportunities and increase their decision-making power. Our projects are led by entrepreneurial groups of women and youth in rural communities who identify business opportunities based on their own skills and assets. These women and youth have innovativeideas and keen ambition to enhance their livelihoods but limited access to essential resources. Through this programme, individuals, families and communities gain life-long skills and knowledge, and greater financial independence, ultimately becoming empowered to effect positive change for their well-being.
Multipurpose Community Halls
Our community halls provide sheltered spaces where women and other community members can conduct business activities. Gone Rural artisans lead the negotiations for land and the construction and management of the completed structure. boMake provides the basic materials and training – 522 women have been trained in brick-making so far.
Together, we have built seven community halls to date. The four newer buildings have a central hall flanked by two smaller rooms to house a preschool and a community library.
Financial Literacy, Business Skills and Practical Skills
We endeavour to drive social change for women, families and communities through economic empowerment , with training in financial literacy and small business management.
We continually support community members in their efforts to become financially secure, most recently with training courses on the manufacture of fencing and of reusable sanitary pads.