Through our empowerment programs, we create jobs and a reliable income for parents of our students and other community members who have little to no formal education. We show thousands of people from impoverished backgrounds that they are resource-rich in ability, determination, ingenuity, and motivation.
Job Skills Training
Every day we teach single mothers, working fathers and young adults hands-on skills that build their confidence and empower them to change their lives and families. Skills include fashion and design, hairdressing and beauty, knitting, jewelry-making, welding and fabrication, plumbing, and computer studies.
We provide a ready market by selling their handcrafted products at our in-house MOHI Shop. The income they earn sends their kids to school and meets the needs of their families. We reinvest the sales proceeds in our program to train and empower even more skilled workers, sustainably chipping away at generational poverty.
Through microfinance, we inspire and invest in entrepreneurs. We teach them best practices and give them small loans to start businesses. We teach them accountability, resulting in payback rates consistently over 90%. Second, third, and fourth loans empower proven business owners to increase their profits. Participants in the program make regular payments on their loans until they are repaid. Then these repayments are reinvested in more aspiring entrepreneurs, continuing the cycle of empowerment.
As savings accounts and businesses grow, confidence and self-respect grows. This loosens chains of addiction, prostitution, and illegal drugs, building up families and securing communities.
You can make a big dent in poverty by investing in a Kenyan entrepreneur through BigDent, the microfinance program of our U.S. partner, CMF International. Visit BigDent.org to see profiles of business owners and sponsor part or all of a loan.