Our services

Microentreprise Training

We partner with youthful entrepreneurs to provide microentreprise training and tools of the trade or graduated microloans ($50-100) and on-going support to help them thrive.

Tools of Production

Our clients previously have no access to financial services but good business ideas, skills and initiative. We leverage their work-readiness skills and social capital as pre qualification for lending.

Asset-backed micro-loans

We work directly in the villages with women micro entrepreneurs to expand access to capital to clientele that are still predominantly excluded by mainstream banks. We do this through training, group borrowing and on-going support

Investing in Women-The ripple effect on family income

Financial Services

Faced with acute shortage of basic financial services, women who are often rejected by traditional banks for lack of credit history find a home at Jiwo Paro. Our solution to this wide-scale problem involves a simple sewing machine and micro loans delivered to their doorsteps. .

Peer mentoring

Jiwo Paro provides safe discussion spaces for young women to improve their life skills through mentoring from established women business leaders especially successful entrepreneurs within their industries

Basic accounting and book keeping literacy

Women and youth come to Jiwo Paro to learn basic book keeping skills , developing basic business plan, negotiation skills, customer relationships. The overall dialogue contributes to a stronger sense of empowerment among micro entrepreneurs in being equipped with skills to start, grow their businesses and create lasting partnerships.

Innovating WITH the women

Meet the Jiwo Paro Team

Meet The Board of Advisors

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Stories from the field

My biggest challenge was finding a place to learn what I was most passionate about-sewing and Jiwo pro came through to offer exactly that.

Ruth Atieno
Chemelil Tailors

My biggest challenge was finding a place to learn what I was most passionate about-sewing and Jiwo pro came through to offer exactly that.

Ruth Atieno
Chemelil Tailors

My biggest challenge was finding a place to learn what I was most passionate about-sewing and Jiwo pro came through to offer exactly that.

Ruth Atieno
Chemelil Tailors

When I received this sewing machine, I knew exactly at that point that my life was turned around. This is my new source of wealth

Caren Anyango
Ahero Tailors

"The micro loans are affordable ad I didn't need to show any bank statements-I didn't have them"

Hellen Aoko
Kisumu Kibuye Fashions

We meet every week with many other tailors and the business ideas I receive have been incredible. Now I'm excited about starting another business near my home

Dorine Adhiambo
West Karateng Sewing Centre

"I never imagined owning a sewing machine of my own. My father trained me to use one, but since I moved with my husband to Koru, I couldn't use my skills any more"

Dorothy Ochieng
Koru Tailors Centre

Our work

Who we are

We empower women to access basic financial services, and succeed at microentreprises. Leveraging social capital, these women meet in groups to pull joint savings. The result are creatives collaborating using their skills and social capital to build their own assets, fend for their families and cushion for emergencies.

Yet the women in the apparel value chain have no access to formal financial services. Jiwo Paro addresses this financial exclusion, poverty and unemployment, by offering trained seamstresses tools of the trade, credit and on-going support

Microentreprise training
94%
Asset-backed micro loan
90%
Post-sales Support
96%
Tools of the trade
89%

JiWO PARO means 'Lets Do It Together' and is pronounced as ji-wo-pa-ro. To learn more about the inspiring work of Jiwo Paro and our clients, watch this video

Eliminate Multidimensional Poverty

Jiwo Paro empowers women and youth to succeed at microentreprise. Our work readiness training, financial literacy, group loans and on-going support improves income levels, creates savings and activates the inherent potential among rural populations.

JIWO PARO means ‘ Lets Do It Together’ in Luo, and represents our appeal for women to succeed at microentreprise by addressing acute financial exclusion.

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