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In her address, Ms Regina Bafaki – the Executive Director ACFODE stretched that the purpose of the meeting was to learn from each other on how successful councils are run (especially in regard to supporting women so that they can be able to be supported in being leaders), to be able to implement the lessons in the different districts and to network and connect with each other. She also explained why the meeting was in Kabarole, sighting that Kabarole district has had among the best local government leadership, according to the ‘scorecard’ project by the Local Government Authority and ACODE.
“My name is Sophia Otobi. I am 63 years old and I am a widow with 8 children. I am a resident of Baraboce Cell Atopi parish Apac sub-county in Apac District where I am secretary of Adyeri village savings and loan association (VSLA) group. Adyeri VSLA group is among the eight (8) women’s groups in Apac that was mentored and supported in modern VSLA methodology by ACFODE. Our group was formed in 2014 with 25 women as a farming group, however, the method of savings was very rudimentary as there was no record keeping, no minimum and maximum savings, plus, the group did not have the constitution to guide us in the operation of our business.