HomeNet Kenya with the support of WIEGO and HomeNet International did schedule to carry out capacity building trainings through mobilization and organising sessions across the eight (8) cluster areas of Machakos, Nairobi, Kisii, Kisumu, Bungoma, Lodwar, North Rift (Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet) and Central Rift (Naivasha, Laikipia and Nakuru). This is in line with HomeNet Kenya objectives which include;
To encourage co-operation in areas such as training, production, product development and marketing and to mobilize funds/resources. The capacity building trainings were premised on the capacity building guide “We are workers; our homes are workplaces” an illustrative training manual developed for home-based workers in Africa and covering the following topical areas;
The capacity building trainings were preceded by a training of trainer’s workshop for the cluster leaders during a leadership training workshop through an online session in August 2020 an opportunity that was used for validation of the materials. The illustrative materials have been designed to increase participation and understanding on the listed topical areas by homebased workers.
During the period April to August 2021 about forty (40) sessions have been conducted reaching over one thousand (1,000) home-based workers spread across the cluster areas. The trainers (cluster leaders) experiences are varied and interesting especially from the different situations of informal settlement areas in towns as compared with the rural areas and most so on the HBWs groups dynamics and levels of organizing. A few of the experiences include the following;