Fund a skills academy for women

Just Peoples

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Youth - 15 to under 25
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

In the rural village of Asembo, Kenya, economic hurdles, gender disparities including high levels of gender-based violence and early marriages disrupt the education of young girls and disempower women.

Funding this project will provide the opportunity for 30 women to receive a comprehensive 12 month skills training program, giving them the confidence and tools for economic independence.

The program’s holistic approach extends beyond just skills training, incorporating entrepreneurship education, family planning, ongoing support through savings programs and counselling. Classes are conducted in the local language, and are accessible to all women, regardless of their level of education. Mothers with young children are welcome and their schedules are accommodated.

Post-graduation, students receive ongoing business mentorship, access to microcredit, and an alumni referral network to help them find work, or establish themselves as entrepreneurs.

Expected Outcomes

Funding this project will enable the 30 women receiving the year-long support package to have significant improvements in both confidence and income, affording them, and their families, more opportunities to live healthy and fulfilling lives. In addition, graduates serve as influential role models within Asembo, reshaping perceptions of how women ‘should’ live by demonstrating women's capacity for successful entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

To date, the Asembo Skills for Hope Training Centre has achieved a hundred percent graduation rate, with 90 percent of graduates currently working and earning income with an average of $64USD per month (up from $0). In addition, 94 percent of graduates currently practice family planning.

Project Data & Lessons

Each Just Peoples project is designed and delivered by a local leader from the country of implementation in collaboration with their local community. All Just Peoples project leaders are part of a global community of 16 leaders who are all tackling poverty in their local communities and share learnings between them.

This project will be led by Grace Ongong’a who was born and raised in Asembo. With grit and good fortune, Grace was able to complete high school and go on to college, before founding Asembo Skills for Hope. She now ensures the young women in her community have a chance to receive an education, earn an income, and have agency over their lives. Grace adapts and innovates her program based on her learnings with each intake of students. Those interested in funding this initiative have the opportunity to meet directly with Grace via video call. They'll be able to learn more about the project and the local context for women in Asembo and determine whether supporting this project will help them meet their goals of contribution.

Following the delivery of this training, the project funder will have the opportunity again to meet directly with Grace to hear her reflections about the impact that the initiative has had for the vulnerable young women in her community and their families.

Project Dates

Project Commences: October 1, 2024
Project Completes: September 30, 2024

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Other Support Opportunities
Not Interested

Organisation Details

Just Peoples
ABN: 25634335130


Johanna de Burca
Phone: 0474977140

About Just Peoples

We believe in a world without poverty. Where communities have the power to solve their own problems, their own way.

We don’t believe that foreign intervention is the key to solving poverty. We believe that real, sustainable change comes about when people are given the resources to lift their own communities out of poverty. We tackle global poverty by backing grassroots leaders to design and deliver locally appropriate solutions to the challenges their communities face. Just Peoples currently supports 12 local leaders from across Africa and Asia who are bringing to life a wide-range of projects based on delivering gender-based, health, education, technological, and economic outcomes for people living in poverty. The leaders we support are effective because they have a deep understanding of the local context of poverty in peoples’ lives, and have established respected relationships in their communities. Their insight and expertise make them the best people to understand problems, and implement culturally appropriate solutions that work. So far we have supported 34 local leaders to deliver 202 grassroots projects globally, impacting the lives of over 240,000 people living in poverty.

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