Hawkers Market girls Centre

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Hawkers Market girls Centre: Learn and Earn Initiative

Nairobi, KenyaNairobi, Kenya
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Hawkers Market Girls Centre (HMGC) is a community-based organization that empowers girls and young women with vocational skills as well as life skills, in order to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the girls and women of this world were all born empowered the world could be the best place to live in since empowering a woman is empowering the whole world.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

the project is trying to address socio-cultural barriers, low literacy levels among young women, the care burden on young women and harmfyll traditional practises. According to the World Bank Report on Kenya, absolute poverty is higher among women than men at 50% and 46.2% respectively.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Hawkers Market Girls Centre recognizes the need for girls and young women to be empowered with skills, knowledge and information in order to improve their lives, and facilitate sustainable development in their communities. The Centre acts like a home away from home where by it provides safe drinking water, free food and free non formal, informal and formal education. Through the skills and knowledge gained, young women are engaged in economic empowerment opportunities by producing items for sale, they are able to earn a source of income, get an education and make informed life choices for themselves and their families.


Recognised by the World Bank and BBC World Challenge.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Young women are empowered with socio-economic opportunities where they engage in the production of items such as Kitchen wear, hand bags, laptop bags, aprons, table cloths, bracelets, necklaces and key holders which they sell to the local market,organisations and sometimes corporate institutions. The centre also provides young women with life skills training whereby the young women are trained on sexual and reproductive health, entrepreneurship environmental conservation and leadership skills. Young women are also engaged in environmental conservation initiatives such as harvesting rain water for drinking and cooking, cooking with handmade briquettes made from soil, saw dust and coffee grinds as well as making beads from recycled paper.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

To date more than 250 young women who have passed through the Centre have had the opportunity to access good and quality educational opportunities. 180 of young women have pursued higher education in various colleges and universities. The young women have also found better jobs and are educating their siblings. 10% are working as nurses and medical health workers, 40% are working in beauty and hair saloon 30% are working as cateres,5% run their own business and 15% have been employed in various companies. They also have better living conditions overall and many return to mentor other young women thus creating a virtuous cycle.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The centre is planning to spread to other areas of kenya especially the rural areas as so many girls in those place have not yet been reached. This is through encouraging the alumni of the centre who are willing to take up the challenge and go back to their rural ares and replicate the project. The girls at the cntre come from different parts of the country so it will be possible to start the project.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The Centre empowers young women with socio-economic skills where by they participate in the production of items for sale. Through the sale of these items, young women are able to earn a source of income with the income being ploughed back to the organization. The centre’s financial stability is also enhancing through various environmental conservation initiatives, which provides a source of income for the organization. E.g the sale of products.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

An organisation in Kangemi one of the slum areas in Nairobi known as the Kangemi resource centre it does similar project like ours of empowering women financial through the vocational training and the women are able have a livelihood from what they make. The project differs from the others in that it will able to cater for a wide scoope of girls and women in the areas.

Founding Story

The founder member Mrs.Shariffa Keshavjee met some girls in market where they were begging for food and money so she decided to gather them together and provide food for them as well as Basic learning skills then after the introduction of free primary education in kenya the Vocational training for the older girls replaced the feeding programme therefore they were coming to be trained as well as being fed.


1.Mrs Shariffa Keshavjee Founder member 2.Honorine Kiplagat Chairman 3.Wamuyu Mahinda Ashoka Fellow/ Founder, Youth Banner 4.Yvonne Akoth Akili Dada Fellow 2015/ Post 2015 Ambassador World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)