Equip 200 young mothers with business skills.

by GARDEN OF HOPE FOUNDATION
Equip 200 young mothers with business skills.
Equip 200 young mothers with business skills.
Equip 200 young mothers with business skills.
Equip 200 young mothers with business skills.
Young Women are trained on economic empowerment
Young Women are trained on economic empowerment

 

By the time I enrolled for the Women Economic Empowerment Training, my business was on the verge of collapsing but from the training, I learnt how to keep records and manage profits.  I used the money  I was given to increase the stock for my business and since then my profits have doubled.”  Marion is a grocery seller in Gatwekera. 

"The training and grant I received from Garden of Hope Foundation were very impactful. I learnt how to keep records, and manage profits. I used the loan to buy more quality materials which I could not afford earlier. My customer base has increased as well as my profits’’ Janet  is a small scale  tailor at Bombolulu.

In 2022, we trained 55 women in two cohorts on 5 different business management areas. These areas were:  record keeping, resource assessment, market research, feasibility study, and sustainability. We also included soft technical skills like home-made detergent, home-made bleach, fabric softener, and value addition of potatoes and bananas into crisps that can lead to income generation.  All the women qualified for funding . They were given a start-up capital of KES 50,000 each. 

In 2023, we hope to support 100 young mothers to go through the program. Your support this Festive Season will ensure that each life is transformed. 

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"The young mothers economic empowerment programs has equiped me with business skills that I can use to provide for myself and my 2 children. I was forcefully married at 16 years old, this was after my parents died. I could not continue with my education and I had to relocate to Nairobi in search of a better life. In Nairobi, I was housed by a close relative who had promised to take me back to school. However, things did not turn out as expected because my relative kept me in the house, while sexually abusing me at the same time. I ran away and found myself in the streets of Nairobi, waking up to beg for help everyday. I slept and ate in the streets for 4 years.This is where I got pregnant!"

I was able to secure a job as a houselp thanks to  a well-wisher I met in the streets. I relocated from the streets to Kibera slum, the second largest urban slum in Africa. I slowly started building my life and hopping that one day I would go back to school. In 2021, I met a neigbour who introduced me to Garden of Hope Foundation. I could not let this opportunity go, becuase the money I was earning as a houselp was not enough to support me and my children. I joined the economic empowerement program with an aim of learning more about business. I am glad to have graduated from the program with 10 more young mothers like me."

June's story represents many young mothers who have had to go through many challenges to support themselves and their families. Thank you for supporting June and many others to get the much needed economic empowerment skills.

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Joy just turned 2 years!!. I never throught I would get to see her 1st birthday.

"I am 19 years old, a mother of 1 beautifil girl called Joy. I got pregant in 2019 August. This was after someone I trusted took advantage of my desparate situation and forced me into early "marriage" I did not have a choice at this time, becuase my parents passed on when I was still young. I had to drop out of college because I could not afford to pay my school fees and up keep. 

In March 2020, Joy was born, unfortunately this was the same day Kenya annouced its first  Covid-19 case. The situation was dire, because of Covid-19 restrictions. I could not secure a job, get my baby basic needs or even travel. As a young mother, I could not attend regular clinics after delivery. I tried several options to solve the situation, but nothing seemed promising. 

After 2 months of struggle, a close friend introduced me to Garden of Hope Foundation. That is when I learnt about the young mothers program. This opportunity was quite exciting for me, becuase I believed it would help meet the needs of my daughter. I attended all the sessions with my daughter, luckily Garden of Hope Foundation provides a conducive environment for young mothers. 

After the sessions, I prepared a via business plan. I was able to receive some start-up capital from the organization to start the business. My business has been running for 7 months. Joy is healthy and happy. I have moved to my own place. I am saving some money from the business to ensure my daughter get the best education". 

Regards

Mama Joy.

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Rose facilitating a mentorship session.
Rose facilitating a mentorship session.

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many people jobless. In Kenya, over 1.5 million people have lost their jobs since the pandemic started. This means that more and more families cannot be able to get a daily meal or afford basic needs. Women and Children are the most affected.

Rose was married at the age of 19 years. As a young girl with so much dreams, her life was cut short when her parents died. This forced her into early marriage. Unfortunately her "husband" left her with one child in Kibera slum. Rose did not have an option except to start provding for herself and her young child. Because of her low level of education, she could only secure casual jobs which are not well paying. 

When the pandemic hit, she was one of the 1.5 million Kenyans who were rendered jobless. Her employer could not allow her to continue with her job. Rose was forced to sleep in the streets with her child for several months. During this time, she knocked on several doors for jobs, but unfortunately nothing was forth-coming.

Rose was later introduced to our young mother's economic empowerment program by one of the well wishers who had heard of her plight. She succefully went through the program and  was given a start-up capital to start her business. Rose is currently running a profit making business in Kibra  and she is able to provide for her family. Her son just started school.  

Apart from her business, Rose has dedicated herselft to mentoring young people on various issues that affect them in the community. 

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Jane is a single mother of 6 biological children. Her husband passed on in January 2019. This situation forced Jane to step in and become the bread winner in her family. Sometimes her children would help her in putting food on the table, a situation that forced them to miss school. They live in a single room in Kibra slum where access to clean water and better housing is a challenge. 

In October 2020, Jane was adversely affected by Covid-19. She was let go of her employment because of the upsurge of Covid-19 cases. She was mainly depending on casual and manual work. "I didn't know what to do, how my children will eat or go to school. I was also afraid that I would be locked out of my house becuase I could not afford to pay rent" Jane says. 

She shared her story with a close friend. Luckily, this friend was a benefficiary of our the women economic empowerment. She quickly refered her to join the program. As a passionate business woman, Jane did not have a challenge going through the classes. "I realized that this is what I needed after I was let go of my job during the pandemic"

During the sessions, Jane designed a fruit and vegatable vending business. We supported her by ensuring she has enough finances to launch her business. Jane currently runs a sustainable business. She just enrolled her third born in high school. 

Thank you for your continued support to mother's like Jane. From September 13-17, you have an opportunity to make a difference. Your donations of $ 50 towards this project will matched at 50%. 

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GARDEN OF HOPE FOUNDATION

Location: NAIROBI, KENYA - Kenya
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Victor Odhiambo
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