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 Mary Ngechu, 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:
In September 2020, KAM launched the First Ever Women in Manufacturing Report.
KAM commissioned the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) to conduct the research, whose main aim is to pivot KAM’s advocacy drive of the Women in Manufacturing Program in Kenya.
In 2021, in partnership with the Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) we hosted The WIM Report Dissemination Programme (Counties). It aimed at discussing the salient issues that had been highlighted as challenges and opportunities for women in the sector in the WIM Report, and also provided an opportunity to spotlight Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights.
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