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Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

Empower Kenyan women.

Empowering Kenyan women.

It goes like this.  A New York-based social enterprise Bird & Stone sells jewelry and sends 15 percent of its profits to the SiSi Fund.  SiSi Fund:

A micro-finance fund in Kitale, Kenya run by a nonprofit, it helps women, especially widows, get loans of anywhere from about $100 to $450 and learn business skills to start micro-enterprises ranging from fruit and vegetable stands to hair salons.

Why do Kenyan women need money moreso than others in Kenya?

Women, particularly widows, in Kenya, face a hard road.  When a woman is widowed, she traditionally doesn’t inherit her husband’s land.  Instead, the land,  along with all of his possessions, go to his brothers or other family members.

So the funding provides a three-pronged solution for women who need to get back on their feet to make a living, take care of their family and start a micro-enterprise.

Learn more:  Jewelry Startup Funds Micro-Loans in Kenya

Photo Credit: CGIAR Climate

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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Kiva Fellows Make a Difference in Our World

Fellow at Kiva.org

Fellow at Kiva.org

Twenty-six Fellows are traveling to Kiva partner organizations in 31 countries on five continents around the world.  Twelve Fellows from previous classes are heading to new assignments to keep Kiva running smoothly.  What will they be doing?

For the next four months, they’ll work closely with Kiva’s partners to support their operations, improve the Kiva lending experience, and help them reach more borrowers. They’re truly on the frontier of Kiva to innovate, expand, develop and deepen Kiva’s connections to the field.

Learn more about how these Fellows are out to change the world, one step at a time.

Read:  38 Kiva Fellows head out around the world!

Photo courtesy:  Kiva.org

Note:  Applications for the next class of Kiva Fellows are now being accepted and are due tomorrow, January 27th. Apply here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Africa’s Untapped Resource: Women

Ella Peinovich (pictured lower right) is one of the three founders of Kenyan-based SasaAfrica, a women owned and operated social enterprise — offering an innovative e-commerce platform for female artisans, vendors and entrepreneurs in Africa to create sustainable micro-enterprises using mobile phones.

How We Made It in Africa talks with Ella about social entrepreneurship and Africa’s untapped resource:  women.

How did the idea for SasaAfrica come about?

I had been working within the informal settlements around Kenya over the past three years and saw the amazing cultural capital of the goods produced by the artisan community there and the disproportionately low economic value placed on their work. I was determined to create the tools and services that could enable these women to expand their access to consumers in a lasting and sustainable manner.

Read:  Social entrepreneur connects African women to global e-commerce

Illustration credit:  SasaAfrica Facebook Page

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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