Kibera is the largest slum in Kenya with over 1 million residents. Over one third of Nairobi’s population live in this slum without access to food, clean water, health, and education. Poverty, HIV/AIDS, crime and rape are rampant. Women often suffer the most as the sole provider of their families. In Kenya, 33% of women trade sex to survive by 16; in Kibera, 66% of girls trade sex for food as early as 6. Women in Kibera contract HIV at a rate 5 times their male counterparts: Kibera has one of the world’s highest HIV rates. Only 8% of women ever attend school. 1 of 5 children do not live to see a 5th birthday. 7 of 10 women will experience violence.
Breaking out of the cycle of poverty is possible through economic empowerment. Freely in Hope and Empowering Lives International are partnering to provide opportunities for women in the Kibera Slum through micro-business training. Through ELI’s Dynamic Business Start-Up Project, widows, single mothers, and young women will be equipped for long-term success.
Empowering women through micro-business will keep children in school, relieve poverty, liberate women from prostitution, and sustain entire families.
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