Cherehani Africa strives to directly empower less fortunate women in underserved markets in Kenya and Tanzania. Our program model is in line with the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development that were adopted in 2015 to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change.

Since 2014, more than six hundred (600) women in underserved markets have benefited directly through the acquisition of sewing machines. 93% of the beneficiaries have so far established their own independent business enterprises.

Women who own businesses in our regions of operation have also greatly benefited. Through our Center of Excellence we have provided training to them on business management, record keeping, product quality and best business practice. Over ten thousand (10,000) women have been trained.

Cherehani Africa Beneficiaries have registered increased revenues on completion of the training. The Cherehani Impact Assessment Survey, 2016 shows that:

  • 6% of the beneficiaries earn between $251USD-$300USD monthly
  • 11% of the beneficiaries earn between $201USD-$250USD monthly
  • 14% of the beneficiaries earn between $151USD – $200USD monthly
  • 56% of the beneficiaries earn between $101USD-$150USD monthly
  • 13% of the beneficiaries earn below $100USD monthly

Cherehani Africa emphasizes the importance of Community Based Organizations (CBO) amongst the beneficiaries. The groups are cohesive structures through which the members access business opportunities, take advantage of their synergies, jointly save money and use the groups as a platform to articulate and find solutions to challenges that face them within their homes and communities.  Over seventy (70) Community Based Organizations i.e. Cherehani Self Help groups have been formed.

The beneficiaries launched a free uniform initiative to select primary schools in their localities. Through the uniform project the best performing and most improved girls in class 4-8 are awarded free school uniforms at the close of every academic year.

The beneficiaries are ambassadors of issues affecting women and the communities e.g. gender based violence, HIV and AIDS stigma and retrogressive cultural practices in communities like Female Genital Mutilation and wife inheritance. They are committed to playing a key role in the annual CHEREHANI PARADE during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25th November to 10th December).

Cherehani Stories

"Cherehani attached me to an established tailor for training and when I completed my course they financed my own tailoring shop. I have now started training other young women on tailoring here in Lwak Market."

Eunice Atieno Odiwuor, Tailor at Lwak Market

"We meet weekly to save and collect repayments towards sewing machines and business loans. Our goal is to save enough money to invest in a poultry farm."

Millicent Kwae, Chairperson of Ndori Tailors Group

Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs, they feed families and communities.
 Barack Obama, President of the United States of America