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.