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Economic Empowerment Entrepreneurships

Economic Empowerment Entrepreneurships
HFAW has been working with the women to create economic empowerment activities. HFAW’s discussions with the women revealed that their top priority is the improvement of their economic wellbeing. We realized that educating women who are desperate and languishing in poverty is futile as they lost time worrying about dairy basics. Economic activities have become a springboard to educating them on the need to end FGM, gender based violence, preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, addressing alcoholism in their families, tackling their girls’ problems and learning about human rights. Discussions with the women also revealed that women did not have means to access the traditional bank loans due to lack of collateral as many  of them do not own formal jobs nor land. As a result we have worked through www.kiva.org to sponsor over 125 interest free loans which have enabled women and some interested men to set up small scale entrepreneurships. The majority (over 90%) of our current active Kiva loans borrowers are also actively involved in becoming trainers of trainees in popular education strategies in Borabu Sub-County.  Kiva is a nonprofit organization “with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty” (www.kiva.org). Women’s entrepreneurial enterprises include brick-making projects, daily farming, cereal buying and selling and tailoring, and have been active since 2011.

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