Key(s): Economic Empowerment
Jiwo Paro was founded in 2016, with the principal purpose to promote financial inclusion through training on basic employability skills, and provision of working tools or capital for creation and expansion of women and youth owned businesses. “Jiwo Paro”, which means “Let’s do it together,” uses vocational training and microfinance as a means of ending poverty, in rural and underserved regions. As of November 2017, Jiwo Paro has trained over 806 women and 400 youths and facilitated acquire tools of the trade or startup capital to enable them start their own small businesses. The organization has issued over 400 micro loans leveraging the technical skills gained during the vocational training as pre-qualification for lending, which has enabled those who were previously excluded from the formal banking sector to access financial services.
Mission: To enable rural Kenyan women and youth to achieve economic independence.
Vision: To build resilient communities of youthful business leaders,