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Co-funded by the European Union

Advancing Women in Manufacturing in Kenya (KAM)




Access to Finance, Business Regulation and Policy, Women's Economic Empowerment






The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) promotes cooperation, dialogue and understanding of manufacturers with the government by representing the views and concerns of its members to the relevant authorities. Of KAM’s total 1300 members, 153 are women-led. In 2017, KAM launched the Women In Manufacturing (WIM) Programme and the objective of the ICR Facility’s support is to strengthen KAM’s capacity to advance women in manufacturing in Kenya.​


The intervention was concluded in October 2022 with the following outputs being developed, which can now be taken forward by KAM to improve the economic framework conditions for women:​

  1. A feasibility study, an operational manual, and a resource mobilization plan for KAM to establish a revolving fund for women in manufacturing ​in Kenya.
  2. A policy paper to support KAM’s ability to advocate for women to benefit from AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) opportunities​.
  3. A concept for a knowledge platform to improve information for women in manufacturing.


In a post-implementation review in March 2023, KAM confirmed that they are using the knowledge gained through the intervention to offer information and advice to women entrepreneurs on how to make best use of AfCFTA trading opportunities, e.g. education on rules of origins. This is taking place through webinars and KAM’s trade desk. Providing information targeted at women in manufacturing was one of the recommendations that came out of the intervention.

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