Kasarani Women’s Group
Kisumu sits on the northernmost bay of Lake Victoria – the primary source of tilapia for Europe. A number of processing plants in the area fillet the fish and prepare them for shipping. Members of the Kasarani Women’s Group process and sell what’s ‘left’ of the fish. Fish heads and bones are fried and taken to markets around Kisumu. Scales are removed from the fish skin and sold for fertilizer. And the skin itself is used in manufacturing shoes and belts.
Miriam (shown in this picture) along with Group members Medina, Christine and Jane have formed a collaboration between their individual businesses that allows them to process the same volume of fish without having to work as many hours. By working together, they can ‘cover’ for each other when needed, and each have a day ‘off.’
Each of these women say that their lives have been improved by being able to grow their businesses, collaborate with each other, and make money to pay their children’s school fees.