At GROOTS Kenya we recognize the fact that empowering women by enhancing their economic opportunities and giving them stronger voice, accountability, and decision making responsibilities will play a significant role in bringing about social and economic development in Kenya. It is with this in mind that we have partnered with Japan and the world bank to help improve access to agricultural markets for women farmers, and enhance their business skills.
The grant by the Japan Social Development Fund, will be managed by the World Bank is aimed at fighting rural poverty in the country. Up to 3,400 women’s projects in dairy and indigenous poultry farming and horticulture in Kitui in Eastern province and Molo in the Rift Valley, will benefit from the project. GROOTS Kenya, a network of women-led community based organizations and self-help groups working in eight counties, will implement the project which addresses the constraints that rural women face in accessing markets and trade.