Hitaji works with poor rural women and girls to impact their lives positively. Hitaji works with women and girls to empower them socially and economically through education sponsorships and socio-economic activities respectively.
The organization’s head office is located in Rongo and runs two programs areas of Rongo and Nyatike. Since its founding the organization has impacted the lives of 750 women through training on small scale businesses and support with micro loans to carryout various businesses and activities ranging from farming, local trading, catering services and sewing of clothes to soap making.
The organization has also impacted the lives of 5 secondary students with school fee payment, school learning materials and other personal needs. Most of our beneficiaries are women who mostly suffer from the burden of HIV/AIDS, orphans whose parents have been mostly claimed by HIV/AIDS.
. They are very poor and live in the rural villages and do menial jobs ranging from washing clothes, piece rated jobs and all sorts of inhumane activities to support their children’s need for food, shelter and medical care.The communities in Nyatike where Hitaji works relies mostly on fishing for food and income; however, the lake has lost substantial amount of fish.
Moreover, receding water coupled with invasion of hyacinth also threaten the existence of fish. These factors have rendered this economic activity ineffective and nonproductive and cannot support the needs of Migori County communities.
Subsistence farming which has traditionally been practiced over a long period of time for food, has rendered the farms infertile and too old to produce enough food to ensure food security. The members of this community are mostly Luo who practice various cultural and traditional practices.
Some of these practices are retrogressive while some are good for the promotion and integration of the community. Wife inheritance and early marriages have hindered the progress of women on many fronts. These cultural practices deny women the right to possess their property and achievement of full potentials.
This has rendered women and girls vulnerable to human rights violations, poverty, hunger, famine and disempowerment. Women have little say on matters of development in most communities and most decisions made which affects them directly are often reached without their involvement.
As much as women are the majority voters in Kenya, they are least represented in political positions and hence it takes ages to come up with policies aimed at improving the affairs and welfare of women and girls.
These issues among specific others prompted the formation of Hitaji Development Initiative to narrow the gap between the existing situation and the desirable one. We call upon women and all entities to work with Hitaji, to positively impact the lives of women and girls to ensure that the disequilibrium is tilted towards women and girls’ empowerment and economic development.