Desirous of the need to empower power women and girls in local community areas with basic business skills, SDFA engaged the services of a training consultant to deliver business modules to women groups in Mukhuyu area of Kakamega county. The trainings were to run over a period of 4 non-consecutive sessions from November 2017 until January 2018
SDFA-Kenya and the consultant compared different learning materials with regards to suitability of each module to the target participant group. The two parties eventually settledon broadly using learning material shared by SDFA-Kenya with a few presentation tweeks. This content was more aligned to the participant needs and was very simple and therefore easy to understand, and well adapted for use in community setup.
The training sessions targeted to empower old women and girls to professionally run their funded businesses for purposes of self-sustainability.
Specifically, it was designed to achieve the following objectives;
Objective one: To help women understand all the aspects of a group,what is required for one to qualify to be a group, and its dynamics;
Objective Two: To initiate both women and youth on business basics,what it means and takes for an activity to be called a business;.
Objective three: To guide both the women and youth in understanding components of a business plan,market analysis and how to manage efficient business planning;
Objective 4: To ensure both women and youth understand what entails savings and effective record-keeping.
Our Program Director, program officer and community volunteers embarked on a mission to undertake more detailed profling and evaluation of women groups involved in the project already and those that we anticipate will be involved.
The exrcise was conducted within several villages in Kakamega county, with at least 10 diffrent women groups profiled. Our organization team got to understand what the women think about the project so far, what can be improved, what they want to set up as businesses, what kind of training they need to receive and what kind of resources they need.
The general views from the groups was that they need more capacity building training and specific technical skills that relates to the business they would wish to set up partly from savings they make from not buying kerosene, after getting Mwangabora solar lamps.
Old kerosene lanterns to be recyled into Mwangabor
For the past 2 months, women in Malava and neighbouring areas have been collected old kerosene lanterns and brining them to our youth center. Our project aims at equipping youths who droppe dout of school due to poverty, with adequate vocational and business skills in order for them to use our resource center to make various items to earn a living. In return, we train the youths on various green technologies. They also learn how to make our Mwangabora solar lamps which will then be distributed to women via groups within the area.
We aim to make the Mwangabora lamps from as much recycled materials as possible. hence, we encourage the local community to collect materials which can be used in making the solar lamps. The women have been collecting the old kerosene lanterns, which will now be recycled into new Mwangabora solar lamps by the youths. Once this is completed, the women will receive the solar lamps.
In late 2016 and January 2017, our staff and volunteers conducted project awareness activities among youths in Kakamega in western Kenya. During the exercise, informational materials concerning the project were distributed to about 200 youths. The youths were then asked to form community groups. SDFA expects to work with youth groups from the area who will receive training from our resource center.
In addition, we have started preparaion for establishing resource center in the acquired space The piece of land is located in Kakoi village in Kakamega county. Construction of a borehole has also commenced on the piece of land.
The next phase will be to start construction of the first buliding that will house the tools and equipment.
Our Program Director , Gilbert, held consultative meetings with county government officials and representatives of youths and women to create awareness about the project. Our organization is seeking partnership to create a youth resource center that will provide vocational and business skills to enable them make MwangaBora solar lamps, cook-stoves, farm tools and other items that they can sell to earn money. Together with members of the community, we have identified the tentative locations where the center can be set up.
Our staff also engaged church leaders who promised to mobilize support for the project. Our Program Director emphasized the need for our project to remain non partisan but involve as many stakeholders as possible to ensure it can be successful.
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