The project will for the first time introduce a comprehensive programme of packaged support for ultra-poor women in Mandera County to address endemic poverty faced by women in particular & seek to achieve a systemic change. The support to be provided includes; seed grant, basic business skills training, mentoring, consumption support for a limited period of time and supporting the women to form savings and loans group for sustainability purpose.
According to UNICEF, 46% of Kenyans live below the poverty line. Many families depend on insecure and fragile livelihoods such as casual farm & domestic labour. Their income is frequently irregular putting them at risk of hunger. The only viable alternative to such precarious existence is self-employment, & yet many lack the necessary capital or skills to start a meaningful business. The situation of Mandera residents is even worse considering the historical marginalisation since independence.
The project will use poverty graduation approach, to economically empower 100 ultra-poor women in five neighbourhoods of Elwak Town. Ultra-poor women lack the necessary capital or skills to start a small business to support themselves & their families. This project will give them initial capital, provide basic business skills training, five months consumption support, two years mentorship programme & support them to form savings & loan group hence open possibilities for them and their families
The project will provide 100 women seed capital, business skills training, consumption support, and assistance with the formation of savings and loans group and two years mentorship. The package of support will enable the beneficiary women and their families to graduate out of poverty and contribute to the socio-economic life of their communities. This impact of this would be increased standards of living of ultra-poor women in Mandera County and also improved health and education outcomes.