GROOTS Kenya continues to be used as a reference and learning point on various issues regarding women’s empowerment.
GROOTS Kenya hosted 10 Anglican Archbishops wives from Kenya, Burundi, Ghana, DRC, Zambia, Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda in Nakuru County. The women were interested in learning GROOTS Kenya’s model of organizing rural women with a special focus on table banking, they intend to replicate the learnings among rural women in their home countries.
They visited a farm in Kapsita, Molo, where they interacted with 20 women farmers in the project Accelerating Rural Women’s Access to Markets and Trade.
The project worked with 3500 women in Nakuru and Kitui Counties along the poultry, dairy and horticulture value chains. The women were organised into 133 common interest groups. All the 133 groups were engaged in table banking and have cumulative savings of Ksh. 30,595,075 with one group, Golden Ladies Women Group in Kuresoi North having saved Ksh.1,200,000.
The women have among other things been able to purchase group properties with the money with two groups having already purchased land in Nakuru County. Several other groups are also engaged in income generating activities. More importantly however, the women farmers can now access loans of up to Ksh. 200,000 from their table banking. With these loans, the women have improved their agribusinesses, paid school fees and overall witnessed improved livelihoods. Over 85% of women in the project said that they now participate in decision making on household income expenditure.
The group with the least amount of money saved has Ksh.75,000.
GROOTS Kenya will leave no grassroots woman behind in our quest to empower grassroots women, one women at a time, one county at a time.