“When more women work, economies grow. Women’s economic empowerment boosts productivity, increases economic diversification and income equality in addition to other positive development outcomes.”
— International Monetary Fund (2018) Pursuing Women’s Economic Empowerment
More than 1 billion people globally survive on less than £1 a day, and the majority of them are women and girls.
In the communities we work in, we have seen women heading households in extreme, multi-dimensional poverty. We have also seen the hope they have for themselves and their families, for a brighter future.
Our Arise project empowers women to build better livelihoods, earn more income, and create businesses that provide jobs and boost local economies. When women earn, everyone benefits: their families, their communities, and the local economy.
Our Arise pilot programme began in November 2021 with 35 women completing the PFP Academy programme. The curriculum covers Entrepreneurship and Credit Management, Environmental Awareness & Stewardship, Civic Education & Responsibility, Communication Skills and Menstrual & Sexual Health.
The women have had support to develop business plans and through our partnerships will be able to access seed funding for their enterprise ideas through grants and microloans. Graduates were also given solar power units and water purifiers.
A competition was held in December in which the women presented their business plans and the top three women were chosen to have their projects receive funding from PFP. The top three projects are:
- Monica Nyayiera: tree planting and environmental conservation.
- Macrine Ouma: drying omena (small fish) to generate income to support her 4 children.
- Fildah Awino: Achuotho indigenous chicken farm.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The ARISE programme supports the following Sustainable Development Goals: