Vuasu Catalyst Workshop November 2013

The Catalyst workshop was attended by 20 participants from five of the Vuasu Primary Cooperatives.

District Cooperative Male Female Total
Same district Gandu 3 3 6
Bwambo 3 3 6
Chome 3 2 5
Mwanga district Raa 1 1
*Vuchama 1 1
Total   11 9 20


The workshop was facilitated by Linda Mayoux with co-facilitation by Grace Murungi and the executive director (Paineto Baluku) and four champions (Asasio Balitabya, Floris, Doviko and Faith) from Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union. The champions from Bukonzo Joint presented their experience with GALS.

The workshop was held  from 8:30am  to 6/7PM daily – starting and ending with a song.

Day 1 and day 2 morning: Vision Journey

(drawing visions and sharing them in the soul mate exercise). Followed by planning how to achieve one of the elements of the vision using the Vision Journey tool Participants watched theGALS DVD on Bukonzo Joint and listened to the presentation by BJ with questions and answers.

Day 2 afternoon and day 3 morning: Gender Balance Tree

was introduced by BJ. Participants then drew the Gender Balance Tree in their own notebooks and identified the changes that they would like to make. Drawing individual diagrams in their exercise books; making songs for Vision Journey and Gender Balance Tree.

Day 3 morning and day 4: Empowerment Leadership Map

with assistance from BJ. At the same time Linda took the Cooperative leaders to show them the Challenge Action Tree tool that they could use in their meetings and explain the participatory process involved. The group decided to use the tool to examine the problem of alcohol addiction that affect about 42% of the men in their communities.


Upscaling plan for GALS in Same (and Mwanga) district

 Where/Who they will train Rural Cooperative Societies
Chome Gandu Bwambo Total
Neighbours 12 12
Spouse 3 3 20 26
Government personnel 5 5
Church 15 10 18 43
Cooperative 12 12
Children 9 9
Friends 18 18
Market 13 13
Savings & credit 37 11 30 78
Restaurant 35 35
Wedding/Events 10 10
Total 113 45 103 261


Day 5: Preparation and Final Presentation of how the champions will take the methodology back home and the final 3 songs to District Executive Direction and Nangula from Tutunze.


Case Story suggested guidelines

We need:

some short welcome messages from champions for the Swahili Karibu page and for the beginning of the page on each process – to make things welcoming and human to visitors


  • general environment and context, crops, richest and poorest houses, markets
  • people with their house and economic activities – particularly anything unusual. Or extremely good quality coffee.
  • people with their families eg doing things achieved on their gender balance tree – to show how differently things can be done
  • people sharing GALS with others in their houses and/or meetings – to show the facilitation process
  • peoples’ diagrams on the walls in their houses and/or in their notebooks with description or annotation (just lots of pictures does not mean much to outside visitors to the website)

Video clips or spoken interview


  • the champions introduce themselves briefly – name, what they do, family background, leadership positions
  • when did they first learn GALS

Catalyst tools:

  • what was their vision, including ownership issues
  • their vision journey – what have they achieved, what were the opportunities, what were the challenges, what is their plan now?
  • their gender balance tree – what were the things they wanted to change, what have they achieved, what is their plan now?
  • empowerment leadership map – who did they plan to share with? what have they achieved? what is their plan now?

Livelihood tools

  • what was their vision?
  • challenge action tree
  • market map
  • livelihood calendar

including effects on coffee production

Leadership tools

  • what was their vision? what do they think good leadership is?
  • leadership vision journey

(informally ask about issues in governance)


  • what are the main things they like about GALS
  • what are the main achievements they value most?
  • what things do they think could be improved?
  • how would they persuade other people to join?

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