Women's Micro-Credit

The Lewa Women’s Micro-Credit Programme supports rural women living in the communities surrounding the Conservancy. We provide them with low-interest loans to enable them initiate micro-enterprises such as tailoring, homestead retail shops, poultry-keeeping, farming and more. In return, the availability of more economic opportunities enhances their families' livelihoods and contributes to improved standards of living. 

The programme seeks to:

  1. Promote the development of women’s micro enterprises
  2. Train women on entrepreneurship
  3. Fundraise in support of women enterprises
  4. Market women’s businesses and products
  5. Facilitate gender equity and access to resources by women
  6. Support development efforts of women living around wildlife conservation areas
  7. Foster linkages and liaison with other women development groups.


More than a decade of empowering women

It has been more than ten years since the inception of the Women’s Micro-Credit Programme and already it has had a huge impact, transforming the lives of over 1,800 women. During the past few years, we have been able to expand the reach of the programme with major support from the Women's Microfinance Initiative (WMI), a US-based non-profit providing financial inclusion for rural women in East Africa (

Encouragingly, there have been few cases of candidates defaulting payment, and the future of the programme now lies in increasing the number of women and the amount of money available to lend them. 

For more information on Lewa Women's Micro-Credit Programme and to find out how you can get involved, please contact our Community Development Manager, John Kinoti at