Fashion & design centre launched in Kakuma
The Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) fashion and design centre was officially opened on 27 February 2019 by Ketura D. Brown, Deputy Regional Refugee Coordinator at the Embassy of the United States of America.
The fashion and design centre is a AAH Kenya project that is part of business support services for qualified artisans to build sustainable livelihoods. The goal is to build the resilience of girls and women from the refugee and host community, who are at risk of sexual and gender-based violence in Kakuma, Turkana County.
The project provides an incubation space where the women can access equipment and technology, legal support and referral services; and benefit from incubation support services such as business registration and documentation, access to start-up loans; and training in business plan development, entrepreneurship, financial management and marketing.
The project objectives are to:
- Provide business incubation services for 120 women so that they can grow their handicrafts, fashion and design businesses.
- Link women’s tailoring groups to markets within and outside the refugee camp, utilizing aspects such as social and online marketing.
- Facilitate linkages to finance for business growth and self-sufficiency of at-risk persons.
- Create a cascade system that ensures skills transfer to other at-risk groups are enhanced by graduated mentors.
These are the photos from the day of the launch