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Kenya: Breaking the Barriers of Young Single Mothers (BBYSM) Update

Kenya: Breaking the Barriers of Young Single Mothers (BBYSM) Update

The Breaking the Barriers of Young Single Mothers (BBYSM) project in the Kibera slums exists to empower young women (15-25 years old) who are single moms that do not have access to consistent income. These women come into the program hopeless, directionless, and discouraged by their circumstances. In January, 20 young women were given a seed capital of $45/each to start businesses. In March, ALARM followed up with these beneficiaries and during this follow-up, ALARM trained the beneficiaries in the process of making soap and detergents. With the training and provided capital, these women have started small businesses that include selling clothes and cooking and selling food. Because of these new business ventures, these young single mothers can provide a consistent income for their families.