"Neema" is a group of 13 incredible women. All of them are HIV-positive are widowed and live a stigmatized life. People look down on women who have HIV and they are isolated and shunned. The group started in 2008 and their aim is to bring hope. They came together to love and support one another in their village, Shimbwe.
The Neema group started to have meetings together twice a month. During these meetings they talked about their situation and how to make it better. All the members give a small amount of money every time they meet. This small amount of money is gathered together and if someone in the group gets sick and needs healthcare at the hospital, the money is used for health care and emergencies. Also for food and other supplies.
Sisters for Peace traveled to their village to meet the women and they all came to the community center where we had a circle and shared stories, hopes and dreams.
Sisters for Peace is assisting the group with funds to help buy food, supplies and assist in medical needs. Some of the women buy chickens and breed them and give them to others members. Now most of the members have chickens. The chickens help the families economically in form of money for school fees, food, medicines etc.
Sisters for Peace also helps with medical bills and supplies, since many of the women are not able to work due to their illness.