Last year, Sinapis held an all-women workshop in December themed “Raising capital as a female entrepreneur.” From the workshop, it became evident that women in business face more challenges in accessing financing, training, networks and information. In response to this need, Sinapis launched an all women class on January 13th that will see these women receive not just business training, but mentorship for the top students and soft skill development.
According to the World Bank Group’s Enterprise Surveys (2013), only 8.6% of Kenyan women are the majority owners of established registered businesses. Additionally, the World Bank in a gender and economic growth report on Kenya found that male-headed firms are estimated to grow on average by 11 percent a year, compared with 7 percent for female-headed firms.
“Women in business have great potential to transform the society around them, and we want to ensure that they receive the right training to enable them to take their businesses to even greater heights ,” said the Sinapis Kenya Country Manager, Silvya Kananu. She further added that more women in Kenya are getting into business and need networks where they can support each other proactively, something that Sinapis provides through its entrepreneur alumni network of over 700 entrepreneurs.
Over 30 women registered for the class and greatly enjoyed their first session. “It felt great to be a part of a team of enthusiastic entrepreneurs seeking God’s ultimate purpose for our lives in his Kingdom,” said Clare Kiplangat.
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