The Laima Project
“It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race. As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women”- Kofi Annan, then UN Secretary-General, 2006.
The empowerment of women is an important goal of Building Minds in South Sudan (BMISS). The Laima Project provides microfinancing for women entrepreneurs to establish businesses in Mayen-Abun. Women are selected based on their economic need and the submission of a sound business plan.
Women chosen by the community and business leaders are the recipients of a $500.00 grant from BMISS to participate in the program. They own convenience stores, outdoor restaurants, tea shops and breweries. The hope is that the number, currently 26, will grow every year to empower more women in Mayen-Abun.