Since joining together, the group members have a new sense of worth and purpose. They have formed new friendships, learned new skills, and are now able to contribute financially to support their families.
Each group member now owns a goat – which provides them with milk – and many have started new small businesses making jewellery, handbags or knitted items.
‘This category of people is normally left out and the society does not consider them,’ says Leonille. ‘I encouraged others to come together to value our talents, escape from loneliness, and improve our living conditions. I used to tell them that disability doesn’t mean inactivity.’