Baraka Women's Center

Nairobi, Kenya


Axe Building, Ngara, Nairobi


About Baraka Women's Center


Baraka Women's Center (BWC) opened in October 2012 and was named by the members.  "Baraka" means blessings in Kiswahili.


More than 1000 women, ages 16-69,  have  registered as members since 2012. A majority of them live in slums throughout Nairobi including: Mathare, Dandora,  Kariua,  Kibera, Korogocho, and Kangemi. Many are single mothers, and most are under-educated.


Programs have enabled them to increase their skills, knowledge. and confidence in creating the futures they desire.


Baraka is positioning with allies to serve as the administrative hub of new Women's Centers in other Kenyan counties. 

Achievements at BWC 

  • Adult Education: 36 women graduated in basic reading and writing in November 2013; an additional 40 women attended classes in 2014-2015. This foundational program will grow with additional funding!
  • Entrepreneur and Leadership Training:  121 women graduated from two 16-week courses.  Of those groups, 61 women – and amazing 50% – established profitable businesses.
  • Computer Training: 35 women participating in hands-on sessions.
  • Table Banking:  21 registered self-help groups formed to support members’ businesses and startups. Membership total:  452.
  • Gender-Based Violence Awareness and Counseling:  Three series of training and counseling for 200 women and 80 men, in partnership with MEGEN.
  • Stress and Depression Management: 77 women participated in two  series of workshops. 
  • Vocational Training;  28 women graduated from the Hair and Beauty Therapy Skills Training
  • Baraka Center partners with four Government Ministries, the National Government Affirmative Action Fund, The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UWEZO, and more than two dozen local experienced trainers.

Baraka Mtido Fashion Accessories

Unique Jewelry

Handcrafted by the Women of BWC

Programs at BWC

  • Adult Education
  • Table Banking to support women's small businesses
  • Vocational Training
  • Computer Training
  • Health awareness and counseling
  • Baraka Mtido Fashion Accessories – a business start-up that produces and markets handbags, jewelry, and sandals hand-crafted by members trained at the Center.

Success Stories 

Mary Paul

"I am in tears of joy when I recall where Baraka Women’s Center removed me from and who I am today. I have two good businesses of my own and have opened a bank account where I do my savings. I have stopped taking drugs. If it were not for BWC, I would not be who I am today."

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Scolastica Wairimu

"We arrived at the Center and were received a warm  welcome by lovely and lively women. What a place to be!  Where you feel you belong and you are worthy!"

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Rosemary Waithira

"Today I am a different person from the time I joined BWC. I am sincerely in love with myself and even my children. I can talk about my sickness without crying as I have been counseled. I am no longer bitter with my past and I have become very creative and innovative".   


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