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Women And Entrepreneurship – Warembo Self Help Group

In my daily routine as an Entrepreneurship Trainer with The Youth Banner (TYB) and based in Homabay, I have interacted with countless youth from the County and the greater Nyanza region. It has exposed me to the challenges us youth face as well as given me a chance to be part of the success in many of their success stories.

One particular feat that I have witnessed is that of Warembo Self Help Group. Most of these group members met during one of the entrepreneurship classes and formed a bond that attracted other friends and classmates alike to join them. This group has now grown beyond the class to over 60 members, ages ranging between 19 – 35yrs, making time to meet every Friday without fail!

Being at the front row of this growth has taught me a lot as a person but most importantly, the lesson that you don’t need much to create an impact.

Through The Youth Banner Economic Empowerment Program, BEEP, we have not only taught them the importance of women coming together to  learn  entrepreneurship and create an impact in the community, but also the need to pull resources together and start their own table banking and Chama. In a span of one year through the chama, more than 20 have started their own businesses. These range from; beauty saloons, groceries, kiosks, cyber cafes, agent banking outlets and boutiques, among many others. They also support each other by making regular contributions to the chama hence empowering others in the group.

Warembo Self Help Group pose with their trophy after winning the BEST BEEP CLUB award duting the 13th BEEP Graduation Ceremony in June 2016.

These extraordinary group of ladies have also formed a bond whereby they support each other by collectively contributing to funerals, weddings and other social events of their members. Through TYB’s skills’ training program, Amka Tujiinue Group (ATG), they have learnt various handskills e.g. beadwork and weaving that help them make products that they later sell to generate an income for themselves. Through mentorship, they have shown discipline and enabled them to set goals which they have followed through to achieve. TYB’s unique handholding approach by the trainers has ensured they remained focused thus strengthening their efforts.

They also give back to the community through community service activities like street clean up programs, charity, spending time with children in orphanages, prison visits, caring for widows among others. These activities happen once a month.

Warembo Self Help Group during a clean up exercise

Being at the front row of this growth has taught me a lot as a person but most importantly, the lesson that you don’t need much to create an impact. The little resources that you have managed to put together is what you will use to set up a foundation. It is all that matters! I am really proud of the Warembo team.

I thank Siemens Stiftung for their continued support.

 

 

#ChangingLivelihoods

#ForTheYouth

 

Laura Jean-Louis
Trainer and Coordinator,
Homabay county

 

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