The Women In Manufacturing (WIM) Programme was launched on May 17th 2017 . The programme’s aim is to, enhance market access for women industrialists in Kenya, provide an enabling environment for them and improve their competitiveness locally, regionally and globally. WIM runs as a Caucus within KAM and involves women-owned, founded and led businesses in Kenya.
Under the stewardship of KAM Chairlady Flora Mutahi, WIM, targets women in Micro, Small and Medium businesses to provide them with networks, skills and knowledge to access bigger markets, expand their current businesses and venture into diverse sectors.
Since then, the Caucus has had 9 forums together with other partners including UN Women, CRAWN Trust, SBM Bank, International Trade Centre, International Center for Research on Women and others.
The benefits of the program include:
- Networking and Mentorship –The programme will enable local women industrialists to reach out to and link up with other successful industrialists across the continent and in the world. In doing so they will be able to pick up international best practice and standards to apply to their businesses – which in turns opens up markets for their products.
- Market linkages- Enabling women industrialists to produce goods for East Africa, the region and the world. Additionally ensuring their inclusion into regional and global supply chains by enhancing the quality of their products.
- Advocacy- Women in industry will now have the avenue advocate for policies and instruments from relevant institutions to enable them to access regional and global markets
- Entrepreneurship development and management programs- The programme will equip them with the rigour and adequate hands-on components to make them great entrepreneurs and increase their regional and global competitiveness.
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