“Camfed and CAMA really changed my life. I have benefited greatly from my education... My business has really changed things for my family. Now, if someone in the family is sick, I know I can support their care. For those who are in school, I can support them with books and school fees.”
Organizing her co-workers and keeping records is not easy, she says, and would be even more challenging without an education. Ayisha particularly appreciates the opportunity to meet with women in her community and discuss the importance of education. “If I see a child who is not in school, through CAMA we can identify these children and send them back with fees and uniforms.” She has also started a preschool for the children of the women working in the shea cooperatives, and trains her colleagues in financial literacy.
In less than three years, Ayisha’s venture has outgrown two stalls. She has built her own warehouse and dreams of having a manufacturing plant. As Ayisha’s business continues to grow, so does the number of women she employs. Other communities seek her out to bring her business model to their villages to engage and empower even more women.