The Women Livelihood Program spearheaded by Dandelion Africa has continued to positively impact the lives of Women in grassroot areas.
This was manifested on Wednesday December 13, 2023 during first edition of Women Groups exhibition.
The Women Livelihood Program has seen several groups of Women receive training on economic empowerment.
This, in return has enabled members of these groups start engaging in various economic activities such as kitchen gardens, poultry and dairy farming, as well as beadwork.
Priscah Chemobo is the Chairladyof Marigat Community Health Group that was started in 2020 with a current membership of 13.
She notes that after receiving training from Dandelion Africa, the members are now engaging in table banking, they have also bought tents and chairs as well as Public address system for hire.
Besides, they are also engaging in farming activities through kitchen gardens and poultry keeping as well as dairy farming.
According to Priscah, good leadership and discipline among women groups cansee them make numerous strides.
“We are very grateful for the support that Dandelion Africa has given us. We are now economically independent which is good especially for women in rural areas,” she says.
Clementina Akiru is the Chairlady Mogotio Static Group.
This is another group beneficiary of Women Livelihood Program spearheaded by Dandelion Africa.
Though started in February 2023 from a humble background in Mogotio sub county of Baringo county, the group has continued to make strides.
This is through economic activities such as beadwork, savings and table banking.
Akiru reveals that each member has been able to save Sh 6000 in their personal account through the economic activities.
“I must admit that we are on another level since we started the group,” she says.
Similar script for Dandelion Africa Dancers Group.
This is a group that after receiving training from Dandelion Africa, the members commenced a journey of composing songs.
Besides entertainment, their songs are used as advocacy tool.
Pauline Tomno is the Chairlady of the group and she reveals that their songs have continued to help condemn retrogressive practices such as FGM as well as other forms of Gender based violence in society.
“We use our songs as advocacy tool against retrogressive practices in our society,” she says.
But not only do they compose songs, but members of the group also engage in farming activities as a way of economic growth.
These are just some of the many women groups that are beneficiaries of Dandelion Africa’s Women Livelihood Program.
According to Executive Director Dandelion Africa Wendo Aszed, over 65 women groups drawn from 4 counties of operation have continued to benefit from the program.
She notes that the first exhibition is key for the Women Groups as besides showcasing creativity and innovation of Women, it also gives them chance to learn from each other.
“This is a platform that helps these women to showcase their creativity and innovation even as they learn from one another,” stated Wendo.
It should be noted that the Women Livelihood Program by Dandelion Africa works with Women on Table banking, and trains them on matters business opportunities education, reproductive health, maternal childhealth nutrition, climate change adaptation and resilience.
During the first exhibition held at Dandelion Africa in Sarambei village of Soin Ward in Rongai Sub County of Nakuru County, over sh 700,000 was awarded to the various groups in different grants.
According to Wendo, this will go a long way in helping them improve or expand their businesses.
“Investing in women is a noble task towards poverty eradication and economic growth,” says Wendo.
She adds that the Women Groups’ exhibitions shall be rolled out to Kajiado and Narok counties as from next year.