Digital Caravan Brings Opportunity to Women

Basic computer skills and Internet access can change the lives of girls and women by connecting them to a world of economic and educational opportunities and increasing their self-confidence. A mobile caravan, the latest addition to the Intel® She Will Connect program, is helping to empower young Kenyan women looking for opportunity by bringing technology to them.

Intel She Will Connect Mobile Caravan, connecting women to opportunity

Intel® She Will Connect Mobile Caravan, connecting women to opportunity

 

Rose Wanza dropped out of high school and got married when her father was unable to pay her school fees. Now separated from her husband, the 24-year-old struggles to provide for her two children through occasional hairdressing jobs.

Diante Mbulla was raised in an abusive family. Forced to leave school after eighth grade, she subsisted by doing housework before landing an entry-level job at a supermarket. Now 19, she would like to gain the skills she needs to advance in her job and someday start her own business.

Rose Kithuka, age 19, moves from house to house laundering clothes to earn a meager living. She dreams of landing a higher paying job so she can help her younger siblings complete high school.

Hope for a Brighter Future

All three of these young women live in the Mukuru kwa Njenga neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, where poverty and lack of education frequently force girls into child labor or early marriage. All three now also have hope for a brighter future after completing an Intel She Will Connect digital literacy training.

Watch one woman's experience in the Intel She Will Connect Caravan

Watch one woman’s experience in the Intel She Will Connect Caravan

To reach women where they are, a large Intel mobile caravan packed with laptops and training software rolled into Mukuru with the goal of providing basic computer skills to 60 young women. Mukuru was the first stop for the caravan—essentially a classroom on wheels designed to bring information and communications (ICT) training to women in under-served Kenyan communities. AmericaShare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable and impoverished women in Mukuru, hosted the training, and Airtel Kenya provided Internet connectivity for the mobile classroom. Other partners included Kenya’s Joyful Women NGO, the Global Peace Foundation, and the Chandaria Foundation.

Digital Empowerment

The training sessions, based on the Intel® Learn Easy Steps digital literacy curriculum, introduced the participants to computers, the Internet, and computer programs for word processing and productivity. Prior to the Intel training, Rebecca Mwende, age 18, had never touched a computer and was afraid to try using one. Being with other computer-illiterate women in the course gave her the courage to explore, and she now hopes to use the skills she gained to teach others in her community.

Bringing technology to skills to women

Delivering technology skills

AmericaShare will continue to mentor the young women who participated in the training, and provide them with access to computers at a local learning resource center so they can further advance their skills. Kithuka believes that in addition to helping her younger siblings finish school, she will also now be able to pursue her own dream of becoming a journalist. When she reaches that goal, she says, she will write her own story for the world to read.

We are very grateful for this partnership, as our desire is to see all women become digital savvy. I look forward to the day when all women will be using tablets to just swipe and access all the information they need to better their lives.”

– Her Excellency, Hon. Rachel Ruto, the Spouse of Kenya’s Deputy President, and Founder of women’s empowerment NGO Joyful Women Organization – JoyWo.

 

Fast Facts 

  • The Intel® She Will Connect program helps young women acquire digital literacy skills so they can connect to the educational, health, and financial information they need to improve their lives, as well as economic and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • The program, which aims to reach 5 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, combines digital literacy training, an online peer network, and gender-relevant content.
  • On the International Day of the Girl, 60 women came on board the caravan during a one-week stop in the disadvantaged Mukuru kwa Njenga neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, gaining skills that are empowering them to change their lives. Watch what the experience meant for one woman.

Intel She Will Connect is one of Intel’s social impact programs focused on empowering the next generation of innovators.


 

6 Responses to Digital Caravan Brings Opportunity to Women

  1. Claire Onzee says:

    This is a great effort in inculcating digital literacy skills among the youth and especially the girl child. I am a social entreprenuer engaging vulnerable communities both in slums and urban areas. I am seeking partnetship with your organization in the above regards. Kindly reach me through [contact removed to protect privacy, shared with project team] .Thank you

  2. Alison Elmer says:

    Thank you Claire, Marne is reaching out to you. Kudos to you for your work, and thank you for your comment and connection.

  3. Terry Shiundu says:

    This is an awesome opportunity. Will the caravan be coming to Kajiado County? I’m one of the facilitators bringing digital literacy to women through WP. I have planned sessions in Kitengela where so many women have expressed interest. I’m wondering if we can partner in these workshops. Thank you.

    • Marne says:

      Hi Terry, Great to hear from you! I will check with our local team on the Caravan schedule and get back to you. I am looking forward to hearing about your workshop and living room sessions. Thank you for all you are doing to help close the gender digital divide with Intel and World Pulse!

  4. Adel Griesel says:

    Siyafunda CTC are one of 3 partners in South African to implement this programme. We’ve partnered with Tarsus Distribution to make an even bigger difference in our communities.

    • Marne says:

      Hi Adel, Thank you for sharing, we have many success stories from Siyafunda CTC of South Africa. We would love to hear more about the partnership with Tarsus Distribution.

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