BBC Radio 4 Appeal

30 July – 5 August
Presented by Sandi Toksvig 

Listen in here

We teach women the skills they need to earn a living – running their own businesses on their own terms, so their families don’t have to live in poverty.

Our impact


of women with the power to make their own decisions



businesses created and grown


average increase in income



family members’ lives transformed

Mary’s story

Mary was living in a cramped iron shack, with her young daughter, in a slum near Nairobi when she joined the Hand in Hand business programme.

Today, thanks to Hand in Hand, Mary runs a thriving small business, which has become so successful she has been able to move out of her iron shack and into a brick house. And, she was able to pay for her daughter to go to university.

Woman standing proudly in front of a brick house

Donate now

Your donation will help us give women the skills and confidence to beat the odds and launch their own microbusinesses – lifting whole families out of poverty.

More stories

Jane Ouma | Street-seller to wholesaler

Thanks to training in digital and social media marketing Jane has expanded her customer base using WhatsApp.

Tabitha Wanjiku | building a family business

Tabitha’s daughters look after the store’s social media presence, marketing the business on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Pauline Wambui | Online entrepreneur

“Now I know selling online is better as compared to local sales,” says Pauline.