Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) has donated Ksh4,328,000 (USD40,000) to Buildher Kenya to empower women in the construction industry.
GREA co-founder and CEO, Greg Pearson stated that the empowerment of women in the construction sector is something we feel very strongly about, as reflected by the large number of females in our senior management team.
“The excellent work done by Buildher in equipping women with the right professional and life skills not only play a huge role in breaking down gender barriers but supports the long-term sustainability of our industry.
He added that the contribution will support one enrollment of women to undergo training and sit for the industry exam. We’ll be following their development with keen interest.
Buildher Kenya co-founder and CEO, Tatu Gatere remarked that the organization develops artisans at a higher skill level in a shorter period of time. “Our trainees surpass entry-level industry standards that contribute to higher quality, productivity and increased efficiencies. In addition, they learn valuable life skills including communication, fitness, and mental health to ensure work readiness.
Buildher trainees consists of women aged 17 to 40 years and include all women from disadvantaged neighborhoods located in the east of Nairobi. The training programme lasts for 12 months with new courses starting every year to allow for a systematic advancement through the technical skills curriculum including carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating.
Each cohort enrollment accommodates 30 women and approximately four months are spent learning trade skills before being placed at pre-approved employees for two to eight months of training in a live working environment (depending on the training area).
Buildher’s trainers comprise professionals with educational and industry experience. An impact team collects data and a dedicated placement team ensures candidates are successfully placed with employer partners.
The non-profit operation was founded in 2018 to equip disadvantaged women in Kenya with accredited construction skills and is the only female-focused organization registered to sit for the prestigious National Industrial Training Authority exams.
Research has shown that after four months of training, cohorts report an increase in income of 520 percent on average. Employers report a 67 percent increase in productivity and 60 percent have changed their policies to incorporate gender, sexual harassment, and dignified pay.
In November 2020, GREA announced its first development in Kenya with the construction of Rosslyn Grove, a 90-unit diplomatic apartment and town home community development in conjunction with Texas based Verdant Ventures.
Aevitas Group in collaboration with a local Kenyan architecture firm, Design Partnership, have been tasked to design this quality development.
The development is set for completion in March 2022.