About the Women We Serve in South Sudan

Women care for 4 children on average

Average daily income is $0.26 at enrollment

41% have no formal education

The peace that came with South Sudan’s 2011 independence has been far too short-lived. Civil war erupted in 2013 and a fragile negotiated peace collapsed in 2016. Women for Women International has been working in South Sudan in various locations since 2006, before independence, and throughout the conflict.

The recent upsurge in conflict has swept through the area in which we are currently working. Many of our women trainees have been forced to flee to the surrounding countryside. Since safety and security of our staff and our training participants is paramount, and it has become too dangerous for our participants to travel or gather together, we have temporarily halted our trainings. Our South Sudan team is working hard to determine how and where best to continue to work with women in South Sudan. And in collaboration with donors and humanitarian organizations, we are actively tracking the evolving situation in order to evaluate our options. We fully intend to resume training once the environment allows communities to move about safely and come together without fear.

Women like Regina have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – South Sudan team provides our yearlong training program for women, as well as outreach efforts to engage men.

South Sudan Story

Our Impact

Since 2006, Women for Women International – South Sudan has served more than 13,000 women through our yearlong program.

After graduating from our program, women report positive changes in four key areas:

Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $0.75 per day at graduation, compared to $0.26 at enrollment.
Women develop health and well-being: 89 percent of participants report practicing family planning at graduation, compared to 32 percent at enrollment.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: 90 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 59 percent at enrollment.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: 68 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to 12 percent at enrollment.

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