Irene and Halima standing in front of their shop.

Our work in Kenya

Headquartered in Nairobi, with programmes in roughly half of the country’s 47 counties, our operation in Kenya is among the network’s most pioneering, not least for its work with youth. “Success is almost guaranteed” to mums aged 13 to 30 who take part in our Young Mothers Programme, according to independent researchers, while Hand in Hand Entrepreneurship Clubs for students aged 10 to 16 continue to spread throughout the country.

At the same time, we’re helping tens of thousands of smallholder farmers thrive as eco-entrepreneurs, adopting farming techniques such as crop diversification that can stand up to climate change, or launching other green businesses such as beekeeping or waste recycling. In Kenya and across our network, droughts are become more frequent and severe – and sustainability, increasingly central to our work. That’s one reason why we’re exceeding our eco-enterprise target in Kenya by nearly 100 percent.

Hand in Hand recently undertook a major audit of our operation in Kenya to establish our return on investment (ROI): the amount our members earn per year for every dollar donated. The review was conducted across one of our biggest completed projects to date, funded by the government of Sweden.

Total project expenditure was US S2.3 million. And the total annual income generated by our members’ enterprises in the first year alone? US $2.78 million, for an ROI of 21 percent.

To put those figures in context, consider that the S&P 500 has generated annualised returns of 9.7 percent, including dividends, since 1965. Or, to pick a more ambitious comparison, that Berkshire Hathaway’s average annual stock price gain under Warren Buffet, the world’s most successful investor, is circa 20 percent.

By the numbers

Infographic: Members trained: 51,956 Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

Members trained: 244,291

Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

Infographic: Businesses started: 46,320 Hand in Hand entrepreneurs prepare food, rear cattle, weave carpets and more

Businesses started: 255,936

Hand in Hand entrepreneurs prepare food, rear cattle, weave carpets and more

Infographic: Jobs created: 55,618 “Development happens through jobs,” says the World Bank. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

Jobs created: 343,760

“Development happens through jobs,” says the World Bank. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

Infographic: Lives improved: 278,090 Every job we help create in Kenya benefits an average five family members – young, old and everywhere in between

Lives improved: 1,279,680

Every business we help create in Kenya benefits an average of four family members – young, old and everywhere in between

Independent results

Hand in Hand strives to be as transparent as possible. Download our latest independent evaluation from Kenya below.

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168 Members Trained
244 Business Supported
186 Jobs Created
61 Lives Changed
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Why Kenya

Bubbling with unrealised potential, Kenya typifies the countries we target for intervention. Unemployment is high, but rates of literacy and financial inclusion are even higher, paving the way for an entrepreneur’s revolution.

46% of Kenyans live below the poverty line

Source: UNICEF, 2014

46% of Kenyans live below the poverty line

46% of children aged 18 to 23 months suffer from malnutrition

Source: International Food Policy Research Institute, 2014

46% of children aged 18 to 23 months suffer from malnutrition

Only 62% of women are in paid work

Source: World Bank, 2012

Only 62% of women are in paid work

84% of women are literate

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, 2010

84% of women are literate

Expansion map

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa works in 23 of Kenya’s 47 counties. We plan to expand into one more.

 

Meet Hand in Hand Eastern Africa CEO Albert Wambagu

Albert joined Hand in Hand Eastern Africa in 2012, having spent 13 years in senior roles at CIC Group, one Kenya’s fastest-growing insurance companies.

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