This program will educate 100 mothers of children with special needs and set up a training centre in Kitengela, Kenya. Women will graduate from a registered college with a business diploma, a loan for their business start-up, and a two-year mentorship program.
Women with special needs children are often single mothers and homebound in Kitengela, Kenya, as they are full-time carers for their children. This makes it impossible to find employment and limits their options for self-employment. However, they need more funds to open a business and often the skills to do so. This project will educate and support 100 women as they become successful business owners.
Mama Respond has partnered with a local college to design a business certificate appropriate for women with varied educational backgrounds and skill sets. Their lessons will be practised in our training centre, where they'll begin a mentorship program to ensure the success of their business. When the women are ready, Mama Respond will issue them loans of up to $200 to kickstart their business.
This program will educate, train, and mentor up to 100 women annually. In addition, the program will give these women the financial independence needed to break the cycle of poverty and provide adequate support to their children with special needs. This project also fits into Mama Responds broader mission of providing holistic support to vulnerable communities, including medical and educational support and outreach for mothers of children with special needs.