Women in Kanyawegi village work hard operating small scale businesses selling vegetables, cereals fabric, potato chips and household goods to support their families. Through table banking, the women access microloans of $10 to $50 to operate their businesses with the profits mainly used to pay school fees for their children, feed their families and pay for healthcare. Maendeleo hub empowers grassroots women economically by providing training and mentoring in small enterprise management
Maendeleo Hub Initiative connects marginalized rural women to the resources they need to operate successful businesses and social enterprises. Started in 2016 in rural Kanyawegi Village, Kisumu, Kenya, the mhub has trained over 50 rural women in table banking, business management, budget making and connected them to seed funding to improve their businesses. By so doing we empower the women to be self sufficient and support their families through paying school fees, food and healthcare.
Maendeleo hub will train 2 women self help groups and issue microloans of $50 to $100 to 10 women start or boost their small scale businesses. Mhub will also organize networking meetings and provide on going business mentorship by bringing successful business women to motivate/encourage the rural women. The women will also be connected to local banks and financial institutions to support large scale individual and group initiatives.
Empowering rural women to be able to fend for themselves and their families is key to eradicating poverty. Through ongoing training and support, the women will establish flourishing small business enterprises through which they can pay school fees for their children, provide shelter,food and clothing. There will also be reduction in HIV/AIDS spread as empowered women will overcome exploitation by men through sex for fish, wife inheritance among others.