Hand in Hand Eastern Africa
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa was founded in 2010 and is based in Nairobi. Its vision is to reduce poverty through job creation and income generation. In this it joins the Hand in Hand Group of organizations working in India, Southern Africa, and Afghanistan. Fund raising support is provided by Hand in Hand International in London and Hand in Hand Sweden in Stockholm.
The organisation is rolling out a program in Kenya with the near-term goal of creating 30,000 jobs in three years. Hand in Hand Eastern Africa has adapted the SHG model to fit the cultural and social framework of Eastern Africa. The initial focus is on women entrepreneurs, assisting them in the creation of small businesses in a wide range of areas including dairy, goats, cows, rabbits, fruits, vegetables, cereals, poultry, tree nursery, and beekeeping.
The program was developed in partnership with Sida and FMO, who together have jointly committed a total of $1.1m to the project.
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa has eight branches in the central and eastern regions of Kenya.