GROOTS is a national movement of grassroots women-led community-based groups (CBOs) and Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Kenya. GROOTS Kenya has invested in nearly 2,500 women-led groups across 14 counties out of the 47 where we have direct presence. Founded in 1995 after the fourth UN Conference on Women in Beijing, China, GROOTS Kenya began as a response to the lack of visibility of grassroots women in development processes and decision-making forums that affect them and their communities.
The efforts of GROOTS Kenya have resulted in the recognition of many grassroots women as change agents at the local, national, regional and international levels winning the confidence of various partners and key stakeholders. The organization has remained committed to the bottom-up and human rights based approach to development. GROOTS Kenya works closely with communities and the administrative authorities to directly influence development processes at the county, national, regional and international levels.
years of empowering grassroots women
Empowered women-led groups in Kenya
Counties where we have direct presence
Counties where we want to reach
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GROOTS Kenya recognized my leadership potential, and invested in building my capacity through various trainings....Within six months, I was able to articulate key issues and priorities in the mining sector including the mining laws.... Government officials now consult me on mining related matters and I am often invited to county government meetings to speak on the same. I hope to mentor and empower more women in the sector.
Mary Alwanyi- grassroots woman leader from Kakamega, widow and mother