She Matters Too is the next step in CBM’s campaign for gender equity, to educate, equip and empower girls and women who have the potential to be the greatest influencers for change in their families and communities.
To-date, nearly 80 Canadian Baptist churches across the country have joined She Matters Too and over $71,000 has already been raised.
Funds and awareness raised in this year’s campaign will support important initiatives such as:
- Small business grants and loans, business training, health care, and emotional & spiritual support for HIV-positive women
- Skills training, small business creation, and savings and credit opportunities through Self-Help Groups among refugee women in Kenya
- Support for other CBM programs which seek to educate, equip, and empower some of the world’s most marginalized women
My name is Mary.
When I discovered my husband had hidden from me that he had HIV, I left him and returned home to my parents. Because I followed the doctor’s instruction not to breastfeed my daughter, she is healthy. I joined a Guardians of Hope group and was encouraged to meet, talk and pray with others in the same situation. They have helped me obtain medicine and my health has slowly improved. I received a grant to start a small business of selling vegetables and mango jelly at the market. I have been putting a small amount in the bank for my daughter’s education. I feel like life is just beginning for us.
My name is Hawa.
I fled war in Somalia after my mom was killed. I work hard, but it was not enough. My daughter and I often skip meals. CBM has really helped me in finding friendship, a group that I can belong to (Self-Help Groups), and skills training. I get a share of the group business profits… [and] God willing, one day I will own a salon and make enough money to provide for my child comfortably. God is my inspiration. I have come from nothing and now have peace.