Girl Education Challenge Project

To Increase the Life Chances for Marginalized girls in Kenya


The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) seeks to help up to 1 million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education. According to a baseline Survey conducted by ICL in three counties (Meru, Mombasa and Laikipia Counties) ,one of the main barrier to girls attending and completing a full cycle of education is inability for the parents to pay school fees on time. This because most of these parents live on less than a dollar a day and hence cannot afford to pay and keep the girl in School and hence one of the intervention is geared towards economically empowering the parents to begin and run profitable enterprises that generate adequate income that enable them to pay school fees for the girls.

Project Goal: 10, 170 marginalized girls in Kenya able to complete full cycle of education and demonstrate learning.

Overall Objective: To strengthen target communities to develop mechanisms that encourage girls to attend and stay in school

Specific Objective

  1. To equip parents with entrepreneurship skills
  2. To support parents to start and run successful business enterprises
  3. Link the parents to finances for startup capital and quality farming inputs
  4. Link the parents to markets for their produce


  1. 3,000 parents trained on economic empowerment. Several parents already recording improvements in payments of school fees due to increased business as a result of entrepreneurship skills training from the project.
  2. 300 households supported to develop Family development plans to increase their household income
  3. 50 parents established commercial sunflower production in Laikipia County
  4. Over 500 parents supported to start small business enterprises in Mombasa County


  1. Mombasa County
  2. Laikipia County
  3. Meru County