No Sex For Fish
Organized by: Lori Armstrong
Buying fish anywhere around lake Victoria can be easy as long as you are willing to sell your body to get it. The women fish traders are almost double in number to that of the fisherman. If the women practice "Jaboya" they will receive the largest fish and the most fish in order to sell at market, which in turn will feed their children. It's a vicious circle and many times these women do not have a choice.
The HIV/AIDS rate is approx 6 % in Kenya, Africa. It has come down over the years. However the rate around Lake Victoria is double at around 15% and in some areas of the Lake it's as high as 25%. We have built 14 boats at three different beach locations, we need to build many more and expand around the Lake. We typically build a minimum of three boats per beach( we'd like to launch 5 per beach), including a boat for the male youth to start changing these young men's mindset. The boats are owned by three women. The boats cost $1500.00 to make, which would include 10 nets. We use local artisan boat builders and with our next launch we will include apprentices to learn the trade. Another component of the project is working with the women on basic business skills: budgeting, book keeping, management skills, etc.
We are hoping to create global awareness. We have had a flurry of media buzz here in Kenya, but need the help of people across the globe to help these women.