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Last edited: 24 May 2016      

The Imani Women's Group has been established to benefit the women of Msumarini, Kenya. A driving force for the creation of the group is a woman known as Mama Mercy. Her discussion of the origins of the group can be seen in the accompanying video.


Wildlife Works - Mama Mercy, Imani Women's Group

In 2014 the group began a bakery business as part of an initiative by German development group, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, to boost women entrepreneurs within the village.

They worked with a local carpenter to construct their solar box cooker. While baking, the women keep moving the box to ensure it faces the sun. On a bright day, they can produce up to 150 cupcakes, which they sell for 10 shillings (10 cents) each, and 30 bigger cakes that go for 200 shillings ($2) each. They earn enough money to help support their families and send their children to school.

More information about the group can be found at: Kenya and the Imani Women's Group

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Tending the solar oven for the Imani Women's Group, Photo credit: Thomson Reuters Foundation

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