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About Us

Hand in Hand EA (HiH EA) is registered in Kenya as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with mandate to operate within the Eastern Africa region. It is a member of the Hand in Hand Global Network that comprises affiliated organizations that mutually pursue the shared goal of poverty alleviation while supporting poorer communities to create sustainable jobs and enterprises.

The organization strives to work with the marginalized communities in the areas of economic and social empowerment using a participatory approach aimed at helping people fight poverty and vulnerability. The Hand in Hand enterprise and job creation approach is based on a philosophy of self-help, providing training, skills and support to enable poor people, particularly women, to build and sustain independent, market-based, economic activities. This provides for a higher level of income for them and their families, which in turn contributes to greater food security, better education for children, increased access to healthcare, improved housing and overall improved livelihoods. 

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The HiH EA enterprise and job creation model is embedded on the need to create sustainable income generating activities, through addressing   challenges facing many subsistence farmers, small-scale entrepreneurs as well as potential start-ups. Our model is based on a tried and tested approach to job creation through four interlinked components; (1) group formation and savings mobilization, (2) business training and enterprise development, (3) financial management and access to credit and (4) value addition and market linkage, all integrated with concern for the environment.




The HiHEA Model

The model is based on a tried and tested approach to job creation of four interlinked components

Group formation and savings mobilization

Business training and enterprise development

Financial management and access to credit

Value addition and market linkage

Read more on the model that Hand in Hand Eastern Africa uses to implement its projects.

Core values

The organization’s operations are guided by the following core values



Customer focus



Respect for all


An empowered society with sustainable enterprises and jobs.



To work for the economic and social empowerment of women, youth and men and therefore the society, by supporting the enhancement and creation of sustainable enterprises and jobs.