Zawadisha provides small loans to rural Kenyan women to help finance their livelihoods.

Zawadisha removes the barriers for rural women to access renewable energy and water products. We eliminate the up-front costs through an in-house financing program, and we deliver items such as solar lamps, rain water tanks, and clean cook stoves directly to their villages. We also employ local women as Peer Educators who provide financial literacy, micro-enterprise, and leadership training to our borrowers.

This isn’t charity, it’s change. And we want you to join us.



Because of poor distribution and high costs, simple household items like rainwater tanks, clean cook stoves, and solar lamps are out of reach to women whose lives depend upon them. Zawadisha is changing this.

When rural Kenyan women living in poverty have access to renewable energy and water, they see a dramatic increase in the quality of their lives. Money historically spent on kerosene lamps is funneled into school fees for children. The six hours spent walking to a river for water or into the forest for fuel wood is instead allocated toward income-generating activities. Women’s status in the home is elevated as they are the ones responsible for the dramatic changes that benefit the entire family.


Invest in women. The return will amaze you.

Are you a change maker? Do you want to connect deeply with meaningful work and women? Then consider donating your time to Zawadisha. Work with us in Kenya. Share our posts on social. Help us send thank-you notes. Organize a dinner party. The possibilities are endless. For single day volunteer work in Kenya, please contact our partners at Give A Day Global. For multi-day experiences, internships, and fellowship positions, please send us an e-mail at hello (at) zawadisha.org and attach a cover letter, resume, and a links to your social profiles (Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram).

Zawadisha means to give a gift and we believe the greatest gift we can give women is a hand up in fighting poverty. The gift they give us in return is that we know we truly have changed the life of another human being.

And that exchange is powerful.


Name *