Support Rose to empower disabled women and caregivers in Kenya to earn a sustainable income

$1,042 will pay for:

A 6-month business skills training program for 50 women living in Kibera slum


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Rose's Story

Kibera, Kenya


1 in 10 Kenyans live with a disability and those who are living in slum communities face increased challenges to support themselves and their families. While facing stigma and challenges related to insufficient infrastructure to support them, people living with disabilities and their families also face the practicalities of trying to earn an income while not having the time and resources available to meet their healthcare needs.

Rose lives in Kibera slum in Nairobi with her 5 children, including her daughter, who was born with cerebal palsy. Rose is under constant pressure to find the money and time to meet her family’s needs.

Rose is creative and highly skilled at making hand crafts such as bags, mats, baskets and jewellery from up-cycled materials which are locally available. She is grateful to have learned some basic marketing and financial skills from a couple of her business savvy friends and, as a result, has managed to sell some of her products and earn an income to support her family.

Rose has had a huge boost to her confidence as well as income since she started selling her products and is keen to not only develop her own skills but also empower other caregivers and young women living with disabilities to reap the same benefits. Rose has been teaching others in the community her skills in making hand crafts and is now organising a 6-month training program where qualified trainers will teach women living with disabilities and their caregivers in Kibera in the entrepreneurial skills they will need to start their own businesses.

For $1,042, Rose can organise a 6-month training course where 50 women in Kibera will learn  basic market research, business plan development, capital procurement and book keeping skills. This course is designed to develop the practical skills needed for women to support themselves and their families to earn a sustainable income.