Isiolo Empowerment Centre

Kenya

Isiolo Empowerment Centre

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Isiolo is located in central Kenya, roughly 177 miles (285 km) north of the capital of Nairobi.  With scarce natural resources, the people of Isiolo find day to day life to be challenging at times. The climate makes farming difficult, as residents are almost constantly searching for rich soil for crops, and food and water for their livestock. On average, the area receives roughly 12 in. (300 mm) of rainfall per year.

Typically, men are entrusted with the duties of livestock, while women perform domestic duties in the home. Women are tasked with constructing the houses of the village - mostly these are made from mud and other natural resources.  Aside from building and maintaining the home, women typically work to create hand-crafted jewelry that is used for income generation.

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Transformational Community Development©

During years of working in the villages with our TCD program, our director saw a recurring problem – many of the desperate young village women were going to Isiolo town to earn income in the sex industry. With this in mind, GHNI gathered a group of them to teach them a skill that would enable them to earn a dignified income.

The first class taught focused on teaching sewing and tailoring skills to the women. It has proven to be a great success, and has now grown to 21 young women. To foster continued growth, GHNI plans to build a 2-room training building, on land donated to us, which will enable GHNI to expand this “Empowerment Center”, and double the number of participants.

GHNI has already started to build an “outlet store” for the Empowerment Center on the donated land. The outlet is projected to make the Center sustainable through selling items the women will make during their training. Through TCD training, the outlet will create a sustainable solution to ongoing expenses of the center and the program.