Palapye is a large town in Botswana, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone. It is said to be one of the fastest growing towns in Africa. It is also the site of the Morupule Colliery and power station which supplies much of Botswana's electricity. The colliery is grappling with a very high HIV prevalence rate of 32% amongst its employees (2009).
Mali Sobotta, the regional co-ordinator, is based in Palapye and oversees the local group as well as the groups from Serowe, Mahalapye and Sefhare. She works actively with many of the Catholic sisters in the area, including Sister Zoro in Serowe and Sister Francis in Sefhare, both of whom have provided invaluable support to Mothers for All.
Below are Philomena and Grace, two of the first Mothers to be recruited in Palapye. Philomena has become a very skilled bead and jewellery maker and keeps a very organised beading area, which is also pictured below. Since joining Mothers for All Grace has also started keeping the area outside her house very tidy; much of the rubbish, she likes to tell people, now gets turned into beautiful beads.