Kenya: Breaking Barriers for Young Single Mothers (BBYSM) COVID-19 Update

July (2020)

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the ALARM Kenya staff was able to provide food for 74 of the vulnerable beneficiaries who are part of the Breaking Barriers for Young Single Mothers (BBYSM) group in the Kibera slum. COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the individuals living within the slums because most of the residents are involved in small businesses that were disrupted by the lockdown. While the ALARM staff was visiting, they also talked with potential prospects for the BBYSM project who may join in the future. The BBYSM project includes economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood development for the participants. One of the participants shared her testimony and at the end said, “I came when ALARM had already done several trainings. I was trained on baking skills, beadwork, detergent making, and business skills. Right now I am a changed person. I learnt hairdressing and beauty skills. I can now use my hands to earn income for my child who is in school. I am grateful to ALARM for coming to help us, as single mothers in Kibera”.