I think giving women the opportunity to go through a period of reflection will give the project more depth. Spending time with them will earn you their trust so they can open up about their experiences. I suggest that you spend at least two months living with them.
Don’t however get carried away and distract your audience by using too many characters. Rather identify and combine similar experiences from different age groups and ‘classes.’ To establish a permanent home of support for these women could be a good idea towards healing.
What do you think about using all three ‘tools’ that the women have used or use for expressing themselves?