What we do

Women for Education operates in Kenya and helps female students acquire an academic degrees by providing the financial assistance during their studies. Women for Education carefully selects young women who have the grades and perseverance to obtain an academic degree but also a drive to help their own community. Despite having been accepted into competitive universities, WFE chooses women whom lack the financial ability to accept their university places. In addition, Women for Education provides a mentorship program to help guide the students through university and into the workplace. Multiple studies have shown that the attainment of a university education is of vital importance for women who can become female leaders and shape society for the better – Women for Education helps make this happen.

How it works

Women for Education carefully selects young women who have the grades, IQ and perseverance to obtain an academic degree. Despite having been accepted into competitive universities, these women lack the financial means to obtain pursue an academic degree. Once accepted into the Women for Education program, Women for Education helps these women financially as well as through mentorship programs.

Loan

Women for Education provides women in the program with low interested loans that fully cover their tuition and living expenses. This allows the women to focus entirely on their education. The loan structure is based on the successful Swedish, British and Dutch loan systems. The loan is paid back over several years, but not before one has reached a sufficient wage that allows for loan payback. All re-paid loans will be re-invested into the program, hereby providing a continuous cycle that allows many women to benefit from a single donation.

Mentorship

Besides financial aid, the program encompasses a mentorship program that provides individual career advice and social mentorship to the women. The mentorship program will support the women to grow as individuals, leaders and contributes to their professional development by giving these women the confidence to fulfil their full potential. The mentors are carefully selected to match each student’s interests and career goals, and include at least one local and one international mentor whom is generally from the Women for Education committee.

The WFE Community

Besides providing mentorship and financial aid, Women for Education has created a community consisting of the students, their mentor, their international ‘buddies’ and volunteers eager to empower other women. Over time, we believe this network will blossom into a community of successful and inspirational women, whom can act as role models for other young women passionate about following their dreams and making a change.