Kenya has the best developed economy of the East African countries, nevertheless almost half of the people live below the poverty line. Especially women suffer from discrimination and male domination in the society: Early pregnancies, arranged marriages and school dropouts are the most common reasons that led the women into the poverty circle from which they are unable to escape on their own.
The "Empowering Young Women and Girls" project aims to provide about 200 young women and girls from remote villages in Kilifi County in Kenya with education and starting capital to help them improve their lives.
Agriculture with 30% of the GDP is the most important business sector in Kenya. According to the new constituation women are allowed to own land, however due to traditional and cultural circumstances land ownership is denied to most women.
In an agriculture project women from the village Majajani are provided with fields near their home. They learn in trainings how to cultivate vegetables, maize and fruits. The products secure nutrition for themselves and their children. Moreover, they can sell the products on the market to have a source of income.
We, WEIKE – Women Empowerment in Kenya e.V., cooperate with the community-based organization Uwezo Development Initiative in Kenya, who plans and implements the project and the activities in the communities.
We are looking for funds to realize the initial investments for fields, irrigation and other material. In the long-term the project should pay for itself: It should secure nutrition, enable a source of income and build the basis for a self-determined life for the women and the upcoming generations.
UPDATE - April 20, 2019
With the donations received so far, we were able to successfully lease a piece of land in Mnarani for 25 years. We have also built a fence that limits the field. The next step is the construction of a well for irrigation.
We are now looking forward to donations to buy basic tools and seeds to provide the women with the necessary means for cultivation.