Women Empowerment Mogotio, Kenya
Our focus is on disseminating information and on helping women develop skills that will improve their health, economic livelihood, and overall life.
The Women’s Empowerment program was started in September 2009 in Rongai Sub County, Kenya, where the majority of women have not attended secondary school. There, women are considered lucky even to have gotten their primary school level certificate.
In the beginning, the Women’s Empowerment program offered trainings and workshops on the following subjects: HIV/AIDS, positive living for those infected, family planning, nutrition, micro finance, entrepreneurship, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), and general health and sexuality. The program grew over time, and in 2011, we registered our various women’s groups under the Ministry of Gender and Social Development.
Later, we began incorporating new trainings into the program. For instance, the micro finance and entrepreneurship trainings were expanded to include workshops on how to start and manage small businesses, networking, and table banking (pesa kwa meza) which is our savings and micro loan project.
The table banking project currently has a total of 842 women from 42 different women groups. Their cumulative savings has reached an incredible 4,575,211 million kenya shillings!
From the 42 groups, 20 groups have graduated and we have 22 groups on going. In 2017, members from the women groups, went through a course on street business school, and they graduated in November. Currently, the women groups are being trained on having income generating activities, better farming methods, food, and nutrition, better sanitation.
Through our project called Dew Drop, women in various women groups have been able to acquire water tanks ranging from 3500-5000 liters, that enable them to collect rain water that is safe for drinking and in turn has reduced the cases of water borne diseases that came about by fetching the river water. From the water tanks, some women have opted to have water kiosks where they sell the water to their neighbors.