WHAT WE DO

Zawadisha’s vision, created in collaboration with the women we work with, is that the financial, emotional, and physical health of women, their families, the community, and the environment will be uplifted through stress-free, fair, and transparent microloans.

We work with hundreds of women across Kenya, providing small loans for solar lamps that double as cell phone chargers. Rain water harvesting tanks that free up nearly six hours per day. Clean cook stoves reduce their dependence upon charcoal, a costly and harmful fuel responsible for deforestation and disease. We follow up with leadership and business training to help the women maximize the potential of their loans, test out ideas, cultivate businesses, and develop their leadership skills.

This isn’t charity, it’s change. And we want you to join us.

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Invest in women. The return will amaze you. 

This isn't charity, it's change, and we invite you to join us in radically improving the lives of women. When you donate to or fundraise for Zawadisha, you are making an investment in women and their families. We like to say that the women we work with are talent rich and opportunity poor. You can help change that joining a collective of individuals around the world who want to do more than alleviate poverty—they want to end it. Donate today or contact us with your ideas. 


Are you a change maker? Do you want to connect deeply with meaningful work and women? Then consider donating your time to Zawadisha. Work with us in Kenya. Write a blog. Repost our photos. Help us send thank-you notes. Organize a dinner party. The possibilities are endless. Internship and fellowship positions are available. E-mail us with your ideas. 


Join us for a truly life-changing experience in Kenya. Our two-week guided trips are designed to immerse you in our work and the Kenyan culture. You will come to understand the vast potential in a place where people are making the impossible possible. And you will gain a new lease on life, inspiring you to make change locally. Come with an open mind and open heart, ready to learn, and explore new things. This isn't a vacation—it’s an opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others and to see the world through a new lens.


CINDY MAYANKA Opportunity & Empowerment Director Cindy first began as a member in 2011, receiving a $60 loan from Zawadisha. Through her determination and savoir-faire, she advanced, and now manages nearly every aspect of Zawadisha in Kenya. Working on the ground with our members, she facilitates trainings, visits our members at work, and supports them in maintaining a 98% repayment rate. She says she works for us because “It’s amazing to identify myself with an organization that gives voice to the voiceless and helps women grow knowing that achievement has no limit.”

CINDY MAYANKA

Opportunity & Empowerment Director

Cindy first began as a member in 2011, receiving a $60 loan from Zawadisha. Through her determination and savoir-faire, she advanced, and now manages nearly every aspect of Zawadisha in Kenya. Working on the ground with our members, she facilitates trainings, visits our members at work, and supports them in maintaining a 98% repayment rate. She says she works for us because “It’s amazing to identify myself with an organization that gives voice to the voiceless and helps women grow knowing that achievement has no limit.”

WINNIE ANYANGO Group Leader Winnie has been with Zawadisha since day one. Bringing together a dynamic group of women to form our first lending circle, Tuinuane, she helped us co-create our model and vision of changing women’s lives through dignity, not dependence. She strives to help promote self-sufficiency and equalize the unbalanced power dynamics Kenyan women face. She loves to create and build connections, strength, and empowerment. A brilliant and non-assuming leader of the group, she conveys incredible humanity and openness.

WINNIE ANYANGO

Group Leader

Winnie has been with Zawadisha since day one. Bringing together a dynamic group of women to form our first lending circle, Tuinuane, she helped us co-create our model and vision of changing women’s lives through dignity, not dependence. She strives to help promote self-sufficiency and equalize the unbalanced power dynamics Kenyan women face. She loves to create and build connections, strength, and empowerment. A brilliant and non-assuming leader of the group, she conveys incredible humanity and openness.

BENTA KAMININGA Member Extraordinaire Benta is changing the way we view women in poverty. She is full of zest and has an unmatched passion for life, although she hates doing laundry. She speaks four languages, and feels that this is a key to her success in business; she is determined to speak well and get to know her customers better. Benta has used her loans to purchase large quantities of fish and dried foods to sell at the market. She is a gritty and savvy business woman, driven by the desire to provide for children and educate them so they have a positive future.

BENTA KAMININGA

Member Extraordinaire

Benta is changing the way we view women in poverty. She is full of zest and has an unmatched passion for life, although she hates doing laundry. She speaks four languages, and feels that this is a key to her success in business; she is determined to speak well and get to know her customers better. Benta has used her loans to purchase large quantities of fish and dried foods to sell at the market. She is a gritty and savvy business woman, driven by the desire to provide for children and educate them so they have a positive future.

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Zawadisha means to give a gift and we believe the greatest gift we can give women is a hand up in fighting poverty. The gift they give us in return is that we know we truly have changed the life of another human being.

And that exchange is powerful.