Currently working with 2 groups In Nyeri and in Umoja Estate (Nairobi) to mentor survivors in knitting of breast prosthesis made from 100% cotton yarn. These washable prostheses are utilized by the members and other patients and survivors in need. Proceeds are utilized in purchase of raw material and a small percentage is paid to the knitted as labor costs that enables the survivors earn some income.
The Nyeri team also successfully received a grant from the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) that enabled them to purchase sewing machines to increase their production of various products or sale.
The economic empowerment model is fundraising to raise seed capital. The money goes into skills training, the purchase of equipment and materials with administration attracting less than 10% of the cost. This enables the cancer survivors set up workstations and purchase the initial batch of raw material .Mentorship and quality control is an ongoing process and markets are accessed through the cancer café interactions with its networks.
The main idea is for survivors to make sales and use that to purchase more stock with the small profit margin going to help survivors get back on their feet.