Our Mission has inspired the alignment of our work to the 5 ‘Cherehani’ Pillars. These pillars have been anchored on our mantra of making dreams possible. The pillars support five of the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals that are enshrined in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. These pillars are:
Our Mission is to pursue financial inclusion through providing financial literacy training, affordable sewing machines asset financing and friendly business loans to skilled women in rural and underserved markets. Majority of our target beneficiaries own no tangible assets and have no traceable financial history, we therefore heavily rely on their demonstration of design and tailoring skills to determine our engagement. Our model enables the beneficiaries to access financing for their businesses faster and affordably.
Our water statement accentuates our commitment to sustainable water use. We aim to minimize our water footprint and release water back to the environment cleaner than we found it. We engage our members in discussions about best practices in tie and dye process and safe disposal of waste. Our vision is to work with partners to clean grey water from tie and dye process and direct the water to further environmentally friendly use like watering of trees.
Cherehani Parade is an annual march in support of the global call for the fight against gender based violence (GBV). The parade happens during the annual civic society driven 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence that starts from the 25th of November till December 10th. The Cherehani Parade seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- To echo the international community call for no violence against women and children;
- To unearth alternative dispute resolution mechanisms;
- Share on the role of women in sustainable development of the community; and
- Communicate the global agenda on women empowerment issues to a wider Geography.
90% of our beneficiaries double up as small scale farmers or come from families that practice subsistence farming and a vast majority prefers to invest in diverse agricultural options as their first priority once their tailoring businesses begin to flourish. Through our Kilimo Fund beneficiaries will be able to borrow capital for farming activities, buying fertilizer and farm tools which are paid in installments through their readily available monies from tailoring business.
We believe that the education of the girl child will not only see them thrive but will also ensure sustainable economic and social growth of the whole community. We partner with the tailors and other development agencies to provide free school uniforms to the best girl and the most improved girl in each class in selected public schools in under-served regions. The program targets girls from class 4-8. The increase of successful tailors in the different markets where we work has effectively reduced the prices of school uniforms by up to 40%.
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