Baraka Women's Center

Nairobi, Kenya

Baraka Womens Center office banner – 'Baraka" means "blessings" in Kiswahili
Baraka Womens Center office banner – 'Baraka" means "blessings" in Kiswahili

Ngara, Nairobi


Baraka Women's Center opened in October 2012. and was named by the members. Over 500 women, ages 16-69,  have  registered as members over the past four years. A majority of them live in slums throughout Nairobi including: Mathare, Dandora,  Kariua,  Kibera, Korogocho, and Kangemi.


Programs have included:

  • Adult Education – Functional Literacy and Completion     of Primary Education
  • Entrepreneur and Leadership Training
  • Computer Training
  • Women's Health Assistance Program: reproductive health education, disease awareness, screening and prevention, stress and depression reduction, and an eye clinic
  • Gender-based Violence Awareness, Prevention, and Counseling

Achievements include:

Adult Education: 36 women graduated in basic reading and writing in November 2013; an additional 40 women attended classes in 2014-15.

Entreprenur and Leadership Training:  126 women graduated from two 16-week courses.

Computer Training: 35 women participated in hands-on sessions that put them on the path to computer fluency.

Table Banking:  11 registered self-help groups formed at Baraka Women’s Center to support members’ businesses and startups.

Gender-Based Violence Awareness and Counseling:  Three series of training and counseling for 200 women and 80 men, conducted by MEGEN.

Stress and Depression Management: 77 women participated in two  series of workshops. 

Graduates of Entrepreneur Training Program
Graduates of Entrepreneur Training Program

Baraka Center currently focuses on:

  • Adult Education
  • Table Banking to support women's small businesses
  • Vocational Training
  • Baraka Creative Enterprises – a business start-up that produces and markets hand-crafted fashion accessories including handbags, jewelry, and sandals (sample at left).
  • WCI is importing some of these products for sale in the Bay Area. Please contact for a sample LookBook and details on ordering.
The Dhana Set
The Dhana Set