The Kiumbe Village
Adult Literacy Group
The women in the adult literacy group in Kiumbe village have been among the most successful in basket making. Because of their strong community values and support system, they are thriving. Many have been able to open shops, repair their homes, and pay for healthcare. Several have also reported a reduction in gender-based violence.
Tharaka Nithi is very dry. the rains have been unpredictable and farming has been difficult. MGS provides the women with Maize and Beans on a regular basis until the rains stabilize and farming can resume.
Food for the Families
We provide solar lamps for all the makers. We believe that simple things solve big problems. These simple yet powerful solar lamps not only help the women work at night, but they also provide a source of light for the children to study. In addition, the women can charge their phones from their homes.
Solar Lamps for All
We sometimes forget how important our feet are! These women will often walk ten or more kilometers per day. It's amazing how a pair of good walking shoes can make such a difference in the way you go about your day.
Good walking shoes
Collecting water can take hours out of the day. Many women have to walk up to four hours per day with heavy gerry cans on their backs. We provide the women with water tanks and gutters so that they can store water in their homes.
Water tanks and gutters
Kumbana Makerie will promote creativity, a sense of well-being, and inspiration while maintaining a warm, welcoming, and sustainable environment. Attracting both locals and visitors, Kumbana will be the pride of Gatunga and a destination spot that fosters women's empowerment and community growth.
This project is the remodel of an existing building that is approximately 3000 square feet, and owned by Kiriga. The building is in the center of Gatunga, a village in Tharaka Nithi County and houses the Kumbana Makerie.
The Kumbana Makerspace will consist of a shop for the women to sell, workshop areas for them to make kiondo (baskets) and other marketable goods, a sanitary kitchen for making soaps, lotions, and oils, café, a large meeting hall, and the new home of TWWP. The intention is to provide a space for members of TWWP to gather, build skills, gain creative confidence, and ultimately change their perception of their own ability and agency in the community.