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. Covid 19 pandemic has disrupted most of these businesses and the women need financial assistance to bounce back again
Riley Orton Foundation Org connects marginalized rural women to the resources they need to operate successful businesses and social enterprises in Kisumu, Kenya. Our entrepreneurship program 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.
Through our entrepreneurship program, we will advance microloans of $50 to $100 to 10 women involved in small scale businesses including selling cereals, groceries and other retail shops to boost their businesses. ROF will also offer one on one business mentorship to motivate/encourage the rural women to be resilient despite the economic shocks occasioned by the pandemic. Increased capital and income will enable these women to cope with the ever rising cost of living and support their families
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.