Zawadisha helps women finance the tools and cultivate the skills they need to improve their quality of life and bolster their resiliency. Their model is to build a stronger world, one in which women are self-sufficient, successful, and stand on their own two feet. Zawadisha means “to give a gift” and the organization believes the greatest gift for women, their families, and their communities, is a hand up in fighting poverty.
Zawadisha works with individuals and groups to design volunteer activities that maximize the skill set of volunteers, provide valuable learning opportunities both for the women, the organization, and the volunteer. They strive to make it a meaningful exchange and experience.
The organization works with local cultures and communities too, so there is a big emphasis on relationships and trust. With their local partners, Zawadisha strives to empower these women and communities through sustainable eco-friendly basic necessities, business, leadership training, and support.
Volunteer activities are adaptable to the volunteer, and in the past they have included: administering surveys and conducting interviews to assess impact, mentoring business owners on shared experiences, and assisting with financial literacy training.
Depending on the skill-set and type of volunteer position, Zawadisha offers anywhere from single / multi-day projects to a longer stint with a more sustainable impact, both in Nairobi and in other locations around the country (Kilgoris, Eldoret, Kitale, Narok, and Maungu).
Single and short term multi-day projects are free.
For longer term assignments, they ask that volunteers cover their transportation, meals and accommodation. Zawadisha will help volunteers with all the organizing and logistics of staying long-term.
For more information about volunteering with Zawadisha, visit them online: