This project is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the project seeks to build the capacity of 9,000 Deaf women and 6000 Youth through entrepreneurship skills training and financial inclusion strategies in order to enable them to establish their own sustainable small-scale businesses. The income-generating activities will on the other hand enable Deaf women and youth to earn income and therefore become economically independent and self-sufficient.
The project targets 5 countries; Embu, Meru, Nyamira, Migori, and Vihiga with a combined PWD prevalence above the national average of 2.2% of having a proportion of persons with disabilities with difficulties in engaging in self-employment economic activities.
Results to date
Over 8,000 Deaf women and youth have successfully received entrepreneurship and business management skills training to empower them to exploit support services and opportunities available at the ward, district, and regional levels in both government and private sectors. Additionally, the Boosting Economic Self-reliance of Deaf women and youth (BESDY) entrepreneurship skills training has had a positive effect on strengthening beneficiaries’ knowledge of innovative financing.