The Mathare Women’s Rehabilitation Center is an artisan groups based in the slum community of Mathare. This group of designs our flagship Mwanzo Burlap Laptop Cases and our new Toza Tote Bags. The group began in 1991 when the African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) sought to help prostitutes in that area. In Mathare, prositution is never a choice, but a last and only resort for women trying to feed their families.
AEE helped these women by providing food and training to sew, so that they could be able to provide income through a healthy trade. The project started with 16 women, and there are 22 today, though there have been many transitions.
Currently, the Mathare group is no longer supported by AEE, as they have become self-sufficient. They have expanded their group to involve and support any woman living in poverty in Mathare or the surrounding slums.
Mathare’s goals are to empower women to:
- Have the skills to be self-sufficient in life
- Be transformed spiritually
- Start their own small businesses
- Live better lives and be role models in their society
The groups makes various cloth items to sell within their own community, such as table cloths, school uniforms, bags an many other household items. Their business has ups and downs, but is not enough to sustain the amount of women in the group. In addition to the lack of a vibrant market to sell to, they also face the challenges of illiteracy, family separations, financial stability, and lack of computers.
This is where Intrinsic is excited and honored to come in. By purchasing products from Mathare on a monthly basis, we provide a level of sustained income for the group, which helps in times of low sales for them.
The Mathare Women’s Rehabilitation Center has big dreams. They would like move out of the space they are renting and own location. They want to expand their project to include more people. They want to have computers and cameras so they can be a more efficient company and train their women to have modern technological skills. They hope to expand their business in Kenya and to international markets. Above all, they want to empower women to create better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.
You can help empower these women.
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