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    Our work in Kenya

    Headquartered in Nairobi, with programs in 22 of the country’s 47 counties, our operation in Kenya is among the network’s most pioneering, particularly for its work with youth. “Success is almost guaranteed” to mums aged 13 to 30 who take part in our Young Mothers Program, according to an independent review, while our Entrepreneurship Clubs for students aged 10 to 16 continue to spread throughout the country.

    Our Enterprise Incubation Fund (EIF) in Kenya is also notable. In December 2014, global accountancy network Parker Randall evaluated the EIF, which provides Self-Help Group members with access to microloans, typically worth about US $140, to launch and grow their businesses. The audit confirmed an astonishing result: 100 percent repayment rates, across the board, for the entire duration of the fund. Intense financial skills training and the collective guarantee of other Self-Help Group members were credited with producing this result.

    Most of our members in Kenya are farmers launching sustainable agri-businesses.

    By the numbers

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

    Members trained: 188,766

    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: 217,298

    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: 290,411

    “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: 1,086,490

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

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    128 Members Trained
    182 Business Supported
    140 Jobs Created
    36 Lives Changed
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    Why Kenya

    Bubbling with unrealized 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 six of Kenya’s eight former provinces, with plans to expand into one more. Our headquarters in Nairobi is also overseeing our expansion into Rwanda.

    Meet Hand in Hand Eastern Africa CEO Pauline Ngari

    Pauline Ngari is a leading expert on social enterprise and microfinance in Kenya. Before joining Handin Hand Eastern Africa in 2010 she managed program operations at the Kenya Women Finance Trust.

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