Projects in Kenya

Supporting small businesses through COVID-19

Two men wearing face masks have a discussion outside a shop.

Project lead partner: Light for the World

People with disabilities who run microenterprises in Kenya are facing increased levels of vulnerability and exclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on movement and livelihoods.

This project supports them with micro-grants to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, and provides training on best practice and innovation for them to survive. It is piloting inclusive business models that can be harnessed by people with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis and can be continued post crisis, either in agriculture, in supplies, in manufacturing or in the service industry.

The project is also working with partners in the private sector and ministry departments to encourage a disability-inclusive approach to working with and supporting microenterprises during the crisis and in the recovery.

The project will generate research and collect data to chart the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities in Kenya, as well as learnings about the resilience and sustainability of micro-enterprises led by people with disabilities during economic shocks.

Working with employers and jobseekers for long-term prospects

Sylvia Amagove, Visually impaired and member of NAVI at Kenya National Library in Nairobi.

Project lead partner: Sightsavers

We are working with our Kenyan partners to promote job opportunities and generate evidence about how to make it easier for people with disabilities to find formal employment.

Banking and agriculture are our main sectors in Kenya. We’re piloting innovative solutions through a number of different projects, including mentorship and soft skills training.

Working with businesses and employers, we’re identifying young people in various technical and entrepreneurial areas and attaching them to more established firms for in-job training.

Linking micro and small business owners to commercial enterprises

Two men using a camera as a part of media training in Kenya.

Project lead partner: Light for the World

We’re supporting people with disabilities who are self-employed to scale up their local business, stimulating growth and creating jobs.

With the support of local disabled people's organisations (DPOs), we’ve identified a number of small businesses and commercial enterprises, and we’re linking them up with local, accessible, relevant and affordable business development support services.

Early childhood development

Job seekers with disabilities take part in a research session at Pallet Caffe in Nairobi as part of the “Inclusive futures initiative” project.

Project lead partner: Sightsavers

In Kakuma Refugee Camp and Homa Bay County, we’re working with schools and partners to identify affordable and appropriate inclusive early childhood development education practices.

By collaborating, we’re able to combine our skills and expertise to ensure that girls and boys with disabilities benefit from early entry to schools.

Disability inclusive assessment tools for schools

Women working together on a piece of paper.

Project lead partner: Sightsavers

We’re taking a fresh look at assessment – along with the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development, disabled people’s organisations and a range of national representatives – is with a focusing on educational targets at school level.

The new tools we’re developing will help guide discussions between parents and teachers of children with disabilities as they are supported in mainstream schools near their homes.