Building a grassroots women movement in Kenya

Who we are

GROOTS is a national movement of grassroots women-led community-based groups (CBOs) and Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Kenya.

Our Mission

To facilitate grassroots women effective engagement in development through movement building, leadership and advocacy.

Our theory of change is to shift grassroots women perceived role of vulnerable, victim and passive participants in development to empowered and effective leaders and agents of change in their communities.

“It has been 15 years since I joined GROOTS Kenya and I feel like I owe them my life.”
My name is Anne Ondaye and I come from Karachuonyo in Homabay County. My first interaction with GROOTS Kenya was in 2002 when I was invited to attend a workshop on
“I fought to have orphans and widows get back their properties”
My name is Mary Shimwenyi. I am a member of GROOTS Kenya, a community leader and a human rights defender from Malava Sub-County in Kakamega County.  My first encounter with
“I am now the sole administrator of my father in law’s estate”
My name is Jane Nyokabi Gitau, and I am 59 years old. I come from Gitare Village, Kiamworia Location in Kiganjo ward. I am a mother of three boys and


GROOTS Kenya is working with grassroots women and relevant stakeholders in Kenya to advocate for gender responsive Medium Term Plans and County Integrated Development Plans. 

Join GROOTS Kenya and our Gender Equality Champions advocate for gender equality through a data driven process.



GROOTS Kenya’s vision is an equitable and empowered society in which women are effectively engaged in development.


  • Madini Yetu, Wajibu Wetu
  • Resourcing grassroots women’s social capital to build community resilience

  • Mainstreaming Climate Change in the county government policies, plans and budgets



  • Public land inventory
  • Land mapping guide


years of empowering grassroots women

Empowered women-led groups in Kenya

Counties where we have direct presence

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