Women’s Economic Impact Program

What does it really mean to “empower” a woman or girl? After several expeditions to Kenya, working with women and families, we realized that empowerment to them means tools that help them get more done in their day.

But first, we wanted to provide a way for our local communities to come together to serve locally. For the past year, we have been hosting local “Sew-a-Thons” where we invite people to join us for a few hours to sew things like underwear, t-shirt dresses, t-shirt bags, and HopeSaCs. We then take these items to Kenya on our expeditions, along with hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, to create kits that we can give to girls in rescue centers, and women in families that we work with. We also include a Days for Girls reusable feminine hygiene kit to help keep girls in school without worrying about menstruation.

We partnered with entrepreneurs like Abbey Junker, who loves to share Pampered Chef kitchen tools as part of our “Kitchen Kits” fundraiser. We donated 20 Kitchen Kits to families in Kenya – sharp knives, cutting boards, spatulas, spoons, vegetable peelers, etc.

Cindy Miller, who created the HopeSaC (Stands for Hope, Service and Charity) showed us what an incredible time-saver having a fabric thermal cooker would be for women, as well as a way to reduce the amount of fuel needed to cook for a family.

We also know that empowering a woman or girl means teaching her skills that can be used for economic development and self-reliance, teaching her hygiene for a healthier life, and above all, it means connection and love. When you go to Kenya with us, we encourage you to find “the one” person that you are there to meet. Two weeks in Kenya is two years worth of personal development mentoring in the U.S. It will change a life. Yours.

The Kenya Women’s Economic Development Team

100 Humanitarians International works with two sewing centers in Kenya to help mentor, train, and support women who want to learn economic development and self-reliance skills through sewing. In 2015, we helped fundraise to expand the Zariel Days for Girls Enterprise in Kayole, Kenya. In 2016, we helped establish the Bomet Sewing Center in Bomet, Kenya. Since then, we have distributed over 3000 reusable feminine hygiene kits to women and girls that were made by Kenyan women.

 

Christine Khamasi
Zariel Days for Girls Enterprise
100 Humanitarians International Women’s Director

Anita Byegon and Nancy Mibey
Bomet Sewing Center Directors

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