Hand in Hand Eastern Africa
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa was set up in Nairobi in 2010. Its first job and business creation program in Kenya was developed in partnership with Sida and FMO, who together invested a total $1.1m. In partnership with development NGO CARE, Hand in Hand Eastern Africa launched a three-year, US $3.2 million partnership in Rwanda in 2013. The alliance blends the best of both organizations, combining CARE’s experience mobilizing savings groups with Hand in Hand’s expertise training rural populations to start their own businesses. The project is expected to create 80,000 jobs.
An independent review funded by the Government of Sweden conclued that Hand in Hand Eastern Africa is making “an undisputed contribution in accessing appropriate financial services to poor rural people” and concluded that “the implementation… by Hand in Hand Eastern Africa has been efficient and constitutes good value for money.”
Please visit HiH Eastern Africa's website for an in-depth description of the team's results, programs and leadership.
Results snapshot: April 2013 – September 2013
Generating businesses and jobs
Business and jobs generated by HiH Eastern Africa in Kenya grew by over 35% in the past six months. This exceeds the growth in the country's entire formal private sector.
Encouraging saving and training for business success
By 2015, Hand in Hand Eastern Africa plans to contribute to the creation of 75,700 micro-businesses in Kenya, which will generate 98,400 jobs as the business owners employ themselves and others in their families and communities. In Rwanda, we plan to create 80,000 jobs by 2016 in partnership with CARE.