2011-2012 Kenya BRPID Project

Kenya BRPID Project

Empowering Girls and Young Women made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS

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The current situation in Homa Bay County calls for a drastic effort from all sectors to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS on grave poverty, disease and hunger that prevail presently. The most affected people are girls and women infected by HIV/AIDS as they have to struggle with limited resources and support their families. Often, girls are forced out of school and into early marriage, where they become totally dependent on their husband and are in turn victims of marriage abuse.

This project led by the Kenya Association of University Women (KAUW) will mentor 10 Girls in secondary schools affected by HIV/AIDS and 10 young married women who dropped out of school because of absolute poverty due to HIV/AIDS aged between 15 to 25 years old. The Association will train participants in entrepreneurial skills and finance management according to their areas of interest and create opportunities for them to become self-employed and / or entrepreneurs. The project will involve community leaders in the initial stages to overcome cultural issues.

The first stage of the project has already seen the establishment of a poultry farm. Despite a difficult start, three young women, with no agricultural or business skills are now working together and a successful group business has been established.

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