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