This programme seeks to interrupt poverty cycles and the dependency of women by facilitating access to economic empowerment opportunities that will enable them to initiate and run Income Generating Activities. There is international recognition that gender equality is good for economic growth and essential for poverty reduction. Where gender inequalities constitute barriers to women entering or participating fully in markets, economic growth and private sector development will be constrained with less investment, less competition, and lower productivity. Gender inequalities can also adversely affect the outcome of trade and macroeconomic policy reforms and their ability to translate incentives into economic development. 4 Increased women’s access to employment and business opportunities has a direct connection with improved livelihoods and household incomes, equitable growth, and human development.

Strategy Statements

  1. Establishment of a network of 10,000 women engaging thr ough smart networks.
  2. Initiation of Individual and group economic activities.
  3. Roll out of economic empowerment training models and development initiatives in partnership with smart networks.
  4. Provision of seed funds for individual and group economic empowerment initiatives
  5. Creating synergies programmatically, and through various stakeholders, leaders and county governments.
  6. Raising knowledge on the existing funds for women (e.g., UWEZO Fund and Women Enterprise Fund).

Program Outcome

Within 5 years register significantly improved livelihoods and incomes for 10,000 women directly and over 50,000 families indirectly.

Program Objectives

  1. To make available to women a wide variety of economic empowerment opportunities through partnerships with smart networks.
  2. To significantly contribute to the reduction of poverty cycles that limit and or act as barriers to women’s economic growth and development.

Strategies

  1. Dynamic and innovative partnerships with smart networks to create better access to economic empowerment opportunities for women.
  2. Community mobilization through women groups, women leaders, and other smart
  3. Research and documentation.
  4. ICT and media advocacy to create awareness on economic empowerment opportunities.

Achievements

Gender inequality is a barrier to women entering and actively participating in markets. This directlyhampers economic growth and private sector development through less investment, less competition and lower productivity. Gender inequality adversely affects the outcome of trade and macroeconomic policy reforms and their ability to translate incentives into economic development.

In its Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018, CREAW, with aid of it’s networks, seeks to significantly interrupt poverty cycles by facilitating access to economic empowerment opportunities for women . We aim to work with 10,000 women within a 5 year period to ensure at least 50,000 families register significantly improved livelihoods and incomes