We know that when we support the women of the community, we are also supporting their families and surrounding networks. That is why we actively develop and collaborate with women's groups in Kenya to support opportunities of self sufficiency and increase financial literacy and income generation to make a positive change and substantial impact.
While we have seen great progress in women’s and girls’ empowerment in Kenya, vast inequalities still persist. In Kenya 2 in 3 girls cannot access sanitary pads, 45% of women and girls experience sexual violence and 23% are forced into early marriage and 21% have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Although these statistics may feel impossible to tackle, our programs are making critical change for thousands of girls whose names we know and who are shaping a better future for themselves and their communities.
Makini Pad Initiative
In addition to lifting girls up by ensuring they have Menstrual Hygiene Management products and support services, Kenya Works Makini Pad Initiative provides employment opportunities to allow women to provide for their families.
the Kiando Cooperative
The beautiful artistry of basket making is also a form of income generation for the women who weave traditional market bags--viondos. The weavers share their love of basket making, the strength of friendship and love of family when they gather at the community center workshop. Many are elderly “cucus” (the Kikuyu word for grandmother) who have been left to care for grandchildren due to abandonment, HIV/AIDS-related complications and adverse effects of their community’s immense poverty.
Kenya Works offers these bags for sale in our online store and at summer fairs throughout Wisconsin. Your purchases support initiatives which build dignity and future for the artisans, their families and communities throughout Kenya.