The Inspiring Journey of Spiwe Chapfika a SASA! Together Champion

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The Inspiring Journey of Spiwe Chapfika a SASA! Together Champion

Spiwe Chapfika, a 51-year-old resident of Sangoramambo Village in Shamva District Ward 16, faced significant challenges in her household dynamics before becoming a SASA! Together Champion. Her husband, Tsikai Byson Kandemiri, struggled to assist with essential tasks such as fetching water, tilling the land, and managing finances. This created an imbalance in responsibilities and limited Spiwe’s ability to engage in other activities beyond her traditional roles.

“There was an imbalance,” Spiwe explains. “My husband, Tsikai, wouldn’t help with essential tasks. It made it difficult for me to do anything else.”

The imbalance in their household responsibilities meant that Spiwe was overburdened with work. She had to manage all domestic chores alone while also taking care of their children. This left her with little time or energy for personal development or community engagement. The lack of support from her husband not only affected Spiwe’s physical well-being but also impacted her overall quality of life

However, everything changed when Spiwe became involved with SASA! Together, an initiative aimed at addressing gender-based violence and promoting gender equality within communities. Through this program, Spiwe received training and support that empowered her to advocate for more balanced household responsibilities.

“SASA! Together has truly empowered me,” Spiwe opened up. “Now, my husband and I discuss things together. We consider each other’s perspectives before making choices.”

This newfound partnership has transformed their lives. Together, they made a strategic decision on their tobacco harvest. “We grew ten bales,” Spiwe recounts. “We used five to clear our debts, and then I suggested using the remaining money to rebuild our house that was damaged by the rain.”

Tsikai, Spiwe’s husband, echoes the positive change. “SASA! challenged my beliefs about men’s roles,” he admits. “Now, I understand the importance of shared responsibility and joint decision-making. Working together with my wife has made us stronger and improved our well-being as a family.”

Spiwe can now pursue other interests and contribute more actively to community activities. The two have become role models in their village, demonstrating that change is possible when both partners work together towards equality.

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