Kianda Foundation has partnered with Microfinance banks to lend to those who require capital for their businesses. The banks conduct their usual due diligence. After the one-month training, follow-up is conducted once a week over a six-month period. During follow-up, further training is conducted to impart practical skills, for instance in cooking, agriculture and life skills.
The women who attend the TOT program value it highly, because they learn how to run their businesses with professional standards, and improve their standard of living. They also appreciate the life skills that are taught as part of the course; such as nutrition and cookery, inter-personal relationships, self- esteem, health, the good upbringing of children, etc. All these have a positive effect on the whole family.
Most of the university students find that participating in the TOT project helps them to work with a professional mentality. They have learned to make better use of their time, to work diligently and constantly, and to be responsible for the things they have undertaken. They comment that they would like to give a social dimension to their jobs, for example by introducing specific community development initiatives in the organizations they will work in after graduating. Education and access to the means of economic emancipation is key to the success of the women.