On Saturday, MASYAP held the general meeting where all MASYAP members from all 30 support groups are invited to come together and share stories, performances and ideas.

A motivational speech from local Sheikh Ahmed Chienda

As well as some wonderful drama performances- covering topics ranging from HIV discrimination to how to treat orphans- and songs, we heard some incredibly inspiring stories of women who are openly HIV+. Although many struggled with discrimination upon revealing their status to family and friends, they now feel freer and happier, and encouraged all the other members to get tested and be open about their statuses. Many emphasised the role that the support given by others in their group played in allowing them to overcome the trials of living with HIV.

The MASYAP Microfinance Officer giving a presentation to the meeting
General meeting