Kenya: Building Resilience Among Widows & Single Mothers Post Covid – Business Skills Training

September 29th–30th (2021)

Since the global pandemic began, there has been a devastation of lives, ranging from death, loss of livelihood, and a decrease in mental health. People living in informal settlements have been severely impacted as they depend on menial jobs for survival. In the wake of the pandemic, many small businesses closed. The Building Resilience Among Widows and Single Mothers Post-Covid project in Mathare exists in partnership with Rise Up Woman International and seeks to train 50 vulnerable women who are widows and single mothers in business skills, mentorship, trauma healing and awareness, and gender violence sensitization in addition to providing a capital injection to those with struggling businesses and establishing livelihood for those who had none.

On September 29th-30th ALARM Kenya implemented a 2-day business skills training and had an average attendance rate of 45 beneficiaries each day. The business skills training educated the participants in better methods in business practice, record keeping, exposure to diverse business opportunities available in the community, and marketing skills. These women are resilient individuals who demonstrate an eagerness in learning how to improve their way of living.