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CROWDRISE : Jul 19, 2013
Tax ID: 46-0583426
BASED: Tahoma, CA, United States


Our Mission

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Zawadisha is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, entrust and expand opportunities for women through micro-lending, savings, preventative healthcare, and education. 


We break down barriers women face every day—disease, violence, unemployment, and lack of access to education—by providing them with the resources and tools to become self sufficient and successful in their homes and communities.


Invest in human capital. The return will amaze you. 


Women make up 70% of the world’s poor, but are often excluded from the formal job market and banking system. With a 40% unemployment rate in Kenya, we aim to put women to work. But our loans do more than give women jobs; they increase their quality of life. Our members tell us time and time again that the earnings from their businesses allow them to contribute to their families, often for the first time in their lives. Our members repay their loans at a rate of 98%.

But the majority of our members have never ran a business, let alone received any formal training on debt, managing expenses, saving, and investing in their businesses. We use a proven financial literacy curriculum and provide quarterly workshops to every member. 


Women who borrow from Zawadisha are encouraged to save, and when they make a deposit, we make one on their behalf. Savings are an essential safety net for women, helping them manage unexpected costs due to illness, conflict, and unstable food prices. 80% of our members save over the course of their loan.


We help to keep our women and their families healthy and safe. 1 million people in Kenya are without potable water, and 60% of deaths in rural Kenya are caused by unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation. A child who grows up malaria-free will earn 50% more per year for her entire adult life. And more than 60% of women face violence in their homes. That's why Zawadisha provides ceramic water filters, mosquito nets and violence prevention education.


Join us in nurturing female leadership, placing women first, and collaborating with our members to create a suite of services that are adaptable, sustainable, and impactful. 

Tax ID: 46-0583426 •




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