One mother from the group, bravely shared her own personal experience of having a contraceptive implant fitted, the control and freedom this gave her and how she was able to get on with her life without worrying about getting pregnant.
A few years later, she and her husband were able to make the decision to start a family and they went on to have a healthy little girl, who was playing happily by her mother’s side during the session.
Giving women the opportunity to make decisions about if and when to have children gives them independence from their husband and the ability to make decisions about their futures.
It is that independence which gives them dignity and self-empowerment.
All of the groups on Deki’s website receive training alongside their loans – on gender equality and women’s rights, managing loan capital, understanding repayment schedules, growing their business and family planning.
By supporting Deki you are enabling women in Togo to work their way out of poverty – a hand up not a handout.
“Family planning is about women’s rights and their capacity to make decisions about their health and wellbeing. It is a most significant investment to promote human capital development, combat poverty and harness a demographic dividend, thus contributing to equitable and sustainable economic development.” Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund