My Journey

Mbithi
Posted November 23, 2016 from Kenya

Betty was born and raised up in Kenya, she is the first born in a family of eight children. She grew up in male dominated community where Women were not to be heard but seen. Missing school was the order of the day, being a girl helping with household chores was more valued than education.

It took many years to come to terms with the digital world. Its only two years ago that I interacted with Twitter as marketing tool at the age of 33.Interestingly this is still very evident in the community we are living in. The challenge is more in semi urban and rural areas where women are still not able to access internet or digital devices that can make them interact with the rest of the world

I left my corporate job to found a start up to address financial and digital challenges facing the women and youth. We are establishing canters and hubs for them to access basic computer training, entrepreneurial opportunities, financial and digital literacy training.

I have partnered with a computer training center that is offering training at a subsidized fee and a Social enterprise that trains on farming through technology. We are targeting 1,000 women by June 2017.

I still need more digital training, leadership and how to scale the enterprise so that it will remain sustainable to support many other people

Currently I am a co- founder with a women empowerment NGO VNoW and a volunteer with Africa and Women International (WAI)

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Jill Langhus
Nov 23, 2016
Nov 23, 2016

Hi Mbithi. That's so sad that women don't have access to the internet and can't be heard. It's so great that you're working to help them gain access to the internet and thus gaining a voice at the same time. I hope you keep posting on here so we can see your progress:-)

Natasha L
Feb 09, 2017
Feb 09, 2017

Hello Mbithi - Thank you for sharing your story with us.  You have overcome adversity and now are using your own empowerment to lift up women and give them the skills to reclaim their dignity, receive training, and improve their lives.  Congratulations on your entrepreneurial passion and success. Your dedication and work make a big contribution to your community.  Keep writing - we are listening!