Dandelion Africa is a local non-profit NGO based in Kampi Ya Moto, Rift Valley, Kenya. The organisation is rooted in a marginalised area and has knowledge of rural cultures and social norms as well as of the challenges facing the communities in the area, with special regards to women and young people.
Our mission is to stimulate awareness and encourage involvement while creating sustainable solutions to improve the health and economic livelihoods of women and youth in these marginalised areas.
Wendo has a Bachelor in Business and Administration, and before she founded Dandelion Africa she worked as a team leader at a bank in Kenya.
Dandelion Africa was founded in 2009 by Wendo Aszed, who lives with her family in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Her vision involved starting an organisation that would work directly with the most marginalised groups in the community: women and youth and was born when two close friends of the family died of AIDS.
After giving it some thought, Wendo quit her job at the bank and started visiting nearby villages, talking to the women and identifying the specific problems each community faced. The biggest problem, she explains, is not that there aren’t enough resources to work with, but that there is a lack of information out there on how to face the issues.
Wendo has now, together with her husband and volunteers, been working with women and youth in marginalised areas for over seven years. Read more about what we do here!
Maria has been with Dandelion Africa since the launch in 2009. A trained community worker, she has also received further training within the organisation on topical issues.
“Working for Dandelion Africa is very good. I learn new things every single day. I want to see the women we mobilise, who started out with nothing, to have something.”
Shamim is a member in one of our first women groups, Katorongot Young Mothers, and has been a big inspiration for women in her community when it comes to family planning. She started to work with Dandelion Africa late in 2014, and is in charge of facilitation for the organization.
Harun is our newest staff member and started working with us in January 2015. Before joining Dandelion Africa, he did research and field work with Sasra (Sacco and society regulatory authority).