The initiative is part of The Starbucks Foundation’s commitment to positively impact 1 million women and girls in coffee-, tea-and-cocoa-growing communities globally by 2030. The projects are currently supporting work in Kenya’s Embu, Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties and Tanzania’s Kilolo and Mufindi districts (Iringa region).
GWC and its women for water platform manage the effort and collaboration with its implementing partner Amref Health Africa on the ground in Kenya and Tanzania, building the capacities of local partners and removing barriers to community WASH, education, health and nutrition in these communities.
Women and girls’ livelihoods are being improved through infrastructural development and outreach campaigns. This includes the construction of clean water access pipeline extensions, water kiosks, training in WASH facility construction and the promotion of sustained behavior change in proper WASH practices. Additionally, women are receiving entrepreneurial training and resources to support income-generating activities.