VSLAs Growing, Difficulty Involving Women

We are now working with 98 people through VSLA groups, 34 of them women.We are finding it slightly harder to involve women than men, because most women farmers see themselves too busy at home, in the field and in their trading businesses to commit to a weekly meeting. However, we are hearing about some excitement around the access to less expensive seeds through volume buying, made possible by participation in the VSLA. We are hopeful that word of this benefit will encourage others to participate, especially women.