In June 2016, a group of 20 Guinean women – the leading woman in the community management of health services - used photography to give a visual power to their local work. The participants were aged 25 to 59, from the communities of Varela and Suzana. This project aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality rates, build community awareness, and to enable other women from the community to participate in the financial management of their own local health services.
All the cameras were given to the local community leaders, who were trained to transfer what they’ve learned to other groups in locations nearby. It was a beautiful journey of shared smiles, ideas and emotions. The words were appearing in felupe, Creole, and from time to time, Portuguese from our Brazilian co founder Daniel Meirinho, who ministered the workshops during 4 weeks.
This project has been presented at the International Festival of Photography in Parati, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; an exhibition in Bissau, Lisbon and at the communities of Suzana and
The project was a result of partnership between Baga Baga Studios, NGO Vida, and suppoorted by Calouste Gulbenkian foundation.