The University of Western Australia's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is taking on its first international project with a venture that aims to empower women and families living in the slums of Kenya through education and economic support.
The SIFE team at the UWA Business School is managing Perth-based charity BE Kids' newest African project: Out of the Box Taxi Service Hire. The project will provide a select group of 12 Kenyan women with the start-up finance for a new taxi hire business, thus assisting them to break free from the cycle of poverty.
Holly Ransom, UWA student and chair of Young UN Women Perth, is leading this project. ‘The project name, "Uhuru", means freedom, and it is our hope that through the long-term partnership we will develop between the women of Korogocho slums and SIFE UWA, we will free women and children from extreme poverty and the raft of adverse social problems that go with it, through improving education, income levels and health standards,' said Holly.
The SIFE UWA team currently has a portfolio of seven projects, which include educating high school students, assisting family businesses, and working with Indigenous communities. For more information on SIFE UWA, or to learn how to get involved, visit the SIFE UWA website.