(Africa) Women Employment Project in Elburgon, Kenya

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According to the UN HD Index 2017, Kenya has an unemployment rate of 39.1%, one of the highest in the world. The unemployment rate for youth (18-35) stands at about 65%. Most employed youth are engaged in the unregulated informal sector and are subjected to low earnings and long working hours.  The dire situation of youth employment is exacerbated by a shrinking economy, political instability, and intensifying income inequality.

Fr. Lance would like to purchase 30 sewing machines for a youth-women employment project in Elburgon, Kenya.

Most of women’s labor takes place in the home, subsistence agriculture, and informal trading such as selling produce or running small food stands, occupations that are not included in studies of employment. It seems reasonable to conclude that Kenyan women suffer economic marginalization like Kenyan youth.

Through your generosity, the quality of life will improve for youth-women as they learn to skills for independence.