We offer mentorship to disadvantaged girls to help acquire life-skills, develop a working, saving and investing culture and a change of mindset that girls too can become economically independent and get themselves and their families out of poverty. The program helps girls realize and develop their potential, build their self-esteem and passion for success. By providing basic necessities, girls are able to complete primary and secondary education, thus opening their opportunities in life.
There is widespread poverty where families lack basic necessities to support themselves. With limited resources, a family would rather invest in boys education which leaves girls more disadvantaged. This means that there are no female role models in the community for girls to imitate. They thus get pregnant early like their elder sisters and friends, get married early (many forced by parents) and so live similar life styles like their mothers, perpetuating poverty cycles.
The project offers programmed mentorship in form of internship to post high school girls, who in turn form groups of younger girls that we assign successful women mentors. These women help the girls as they grow through school, offer business and career advices and connect them to potential employers and industry players in respective areas. The younger girls thus strive to be like their fellow sisters and friends which eventually shifts poverty trends.
The project build girls self esteem and confidence. From tender age, they develop a culture of working, earning, saving and investing so that after school they have something to fall on. Every year, 20 girls between ages 17-22 are trained on full time basis during an internship. They then go back to their communities and with our support, each becomes a trainer and mentor of ten younger girls 9 - 16 years. Thus every year a total of 220 girls are helped by the project.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Website Solidarity for Advancement of women Agenda
Solidarity for Advancement of Women Agenda (SAWA)
Ngong, Kajiado - Kenya