Baraka Women's Center

Nairobi, Kenya


Ram 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. 

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;  20 women graduated the first course in Summer 2018 in salon skills.

BWC Women in Business

Shelmyth Njeri

My Story of Transformation

"...I was slowly but surely gaining financial freedom. Meeting my basic needs was no longer a nightmare..."


Shelmyth Njeri My Story.pdf
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Programs at BWC

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

Baraka Fashion Accessories