OneLove Africa Foundation works to create economic development opportunities for rural women in East Africa which in turn impacts children and families.
In addition to the positive economic impact, women that received training and support from OneLove Africa indicate that participating in training and starting their own ventures provided them with a greater level of respect in their communities and from their husbands and children.
Why village entrepreneurs? Why women?
A large number of women (particularly those in villages) operate in very poor environment with little prospect of being able to work their way out of poverty. They often have a double or triple workload, combining economic activities while looking after the household and providing family care. Many women stay close to their home village, lack contact with the outside world and face mobility/transportation constraints. As a result, many villagers never have an opportunity to access resources often available in more developed centres and they seldom have opportunities for education or training. These women are often engaged in family survival strategies and businesses spring up out of necessity. Having said this, they are often creative, entrepreneurial, determined and very hard working. With even a small amount of training, tools and support they are better positioned for success.
What are the common businesses?
Rental of large catering dishes for weddings and special events
Growing fruits and vegetables
Making straw hats and rugs
Bead making and jewelry
Roasting maize (corn)
Market stall with farm products