Businesses Eliminate Self Genital Mutilation

$540 $99,460
Raised Remaining


In Tigania Kenya girls die in the shadows because they have been bullied and pressurized to perform self genital mutilation. Only establishing teenage girls in business will rescue them from death.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Child bride trafficking is poverty enabled, it subjects girls to depend on polygamous marriages to survive economicaly after going through genital mutilation. Girls that have not been mutilated are bullied by mutilated ones and they suffer low self esteem because nobody can marry them and end up mutilating themselves and dying like the case of Pamela Kathambi documented by the BBC in 2006. Giving these girls an alternative source of income will break the cycle of poverty and protect their lives.

How will this project solve this problem?

Establishing teenage girls in business entreprenuership will help rehabilitate mutilated chidl brides that have left abusive polygamous husbands. Also the girls at risk to self mutilation can earn a living to support their educational and basic needs

Potential Long Term Impact

We shall eliminate self genital mutilation and child bride trafficking. In Kenya 27 % of women live with the consequences of female genital mutilation. We shall elminate this culture by year 2020 in Tigania Meru.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $540

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $540 .  The original project funding goal was $100,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Esther Gatuma

Little Rock, Arkansas Kenya

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