ILO leads the other Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) in this priority area to ensure that targeted public and private sector institutions, women's organizations, cooperatives /groups and networks are in place to increase women’s access to economic opportunities. The Government of Kenya – UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (JP GEWE) is working on the following key results under its priority area of Economic Empowerment:Key institutions providing appropriate/sustainable business development and financial services for women entrepreneurs.

Vocational training and other key Business Development Institutions providing increased skills’ transfer for women in modern and appropriate technologies in target districts.Increased membership of relevant networks/clusters addressing business and market opportunities for both female and male entrepreneurs in target provinces.

PUNOs interventions reached over 14, 534 beneficiaries in 2012 (Annual Report, 2012)

Facts and FiguresAccording to International Finance Corporation study (2010), women owned businesses account for about 48% of medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya.GoK’s Women Enterprise Fund has so far disbursed KES 3 billion as loans, benefiting 614,414 women.A woman is not allowed to own land without her husband or father as cosignatory despite revisions in the inheritance laws (ILO report)Women own only 1% of Kenya’s land and 5-6% is held under joint names usually with the husband (World Bank report)Kenyan women provide over 70% of the labour force in agriculture sector.Men account for 70% of wage employment in Kenya while women for only 30%.

Key Achievements Strong joint programming and identification of women’s groups in target areas: based on each agency’s comparative advantage –UNIDO, ILO, UNODC and UN Women. Market linkages for women entrepreneurs enhanced through set up of 11 District Business Solution Centres. Two women led marketing cooperatives established and functional in rural Kenya. 90 women leaders benefited from sales from these cooperatives in six months.  District Business Solution Centres (DBSC) trained 4,775 entrepreneurs from Kitui, Garissa, Meru South, Muranga, Bando, Siaya, Bungoma, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kitale. 500 Young women entrepreneurs trained in entrepreneurship and IT education through 10 Hewlett Packard (HP) Centres.

The trainings on Rain Water Harvesting have engaged 110 women and 10 men. 6 women have started generating an income from the HabiHut Kiosks (solar powered water selling kiosks). Capacity of women entrepreneurs on various aspects of entrepreneurship/public procurement enhanced and they were sponsored to participate in Trade Fairs.  230 Women entrepreneurs linked through the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) to public procurement opportunities. Gender-sensitive guidelines for Women Entrepreneurs developed. Profiling of 100 successful Kenyan Women Entrepreneurs in Kenya.

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