on strengthening the leadership capacities of everyday Chama women in urban informal settlements.
“Chama,” is a mobilizing, organizing, social safety net and platform for sustaining socio-economic livelihoods in urban informal settlements. Chama women organizing and decision-making skills rarely translate to meaningful engagement or voice in political, economic, or good governance platforms where they can influence basic public service provision and yet they bear the brunt of lack of access to these services (hence the Chamas, to fill in gaps created by poor politics).
Impact of empowering chama women engagement
Their networking power and potential as critical tools for thethe social, economic, political, and democratic development of Kenya is routinely exercised and manifested in electoral outcomes in the country, yet remains unseen, unsupported, and untapped the through promotion of their formal political participation and exercise of civic responsibility in informal settlements.