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Baraka Women's Center PPE Program

Baraka Women are producing face masks to distribute in Nairobi's many slums.

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Project Description

A COVID-induced pivot into profit-making with the heart of African women.

Our business, Baraka Mtido, is part of the solution to halt the steady advance of COVID 19 in Kenya.

Baraka Mtido: a woman-managed Kenyan business that makes surgical-quality and reusable face masks,  potentially employing hundreds of women from Nairobi’s slums

Initial Successes:   Baraka Mtido completed an initial order for 4000 masks from the Kenyan Government. The company is receiving active support from Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations, a champion of small businesses in Kenya, and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, representing members in negotiations with Government.

What’s Needed:  Seed capital to expand work areas, buy more sewing machines, and hire and train more women to sew.  The initiative has received $5,000 to purchase sewing machines and materials for masks.   A donor has committed to match up to $10,000 of new capital to position Baraka Mtido as a leading PPE provider now, and as a major textile products company post-pandemic.

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This is a collaboration of Baraka Women's Center and Women's Centers International.

All funds raised are tax deductible.  WCI EIN 45-4275269

 

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