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BuildHer

Buildher equips disadvantaged young women in Kenya with accredited construction skills, leading to greater financial prosperity, changing male attitudes and promoting gender equality within the construction industry.

Innovation

  • BuildHer equips vulnerable young women from low-income communities in Kenya with accredited construction skills in high-demand, low-supply trades, boosting livelihoods and enabling access through an Earn, Learn & Save model.
  • BuildHer’s Earn, Learn & Save model provides women with the opportunity to gain marketable and nationally accredited skills within a female-friendly and financially accessible environment which demonstrates tangible routes to secure employment and livelihoods, resulting in increased incomes.
  • BuildHer provides training in carpentry, joinery and life skills to women between the ages of 18 -35. It targets young women, earning below Ksh 300 per day prior to enrolment from informal settlement communities in Nairobi County.
  • BuildHer has two revenue streams:
    • Student loan repayments plus 15-20% interest deducted from salaries
    • Recruitment fees paid by employers

Key Milestones under KCJF

  • 530% increase in income for BuildHer women after 4 months of training.
  • 194+ women trained in construction skills in Year One.
  • 67% increase in Employer productivity attributed to BuildHer women
  • $11,000 income earned by BuildHer women in Year One.
  • 83% reduction in cost of training by Year Four to $500/trainee.
  • 83% employer policies changed to incorporate gender, sexual harassment & dignified pay.
  • 95% increased confidence in women who attend the program.
  • $588,000 target Income for BuildHer women by 2023

The Trump Twist

Trump came into office calling climate change a hoax and giving handouts to dirty energy companies. His plan to open up nearly every U.S. coastline to more oil and gas drilling was extremely unpopular, and in the case of the Arctic Ocean, it outright ignored the fact that Obama had already ruled out future leasing there.

Trump’s new offshore oil plan called for lease sales in the Beaufort Sea starting in 2019 and the Chukchi Sea in 2020. In response, Greenpeace joined with other groups in a lawsuit to challenge the plan in court. Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council led the litigation, representing Greenpeace along with Alaska Wilderness League, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, League of Conservation Voters, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), Sierra Club, and the Wilderness Society.

The key issue was that when Congress enacted the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), it gave the president authority to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, but made no mention of revoking previous withdrawals.

That’s an act that only Congress itself can take. Judge Sharon Gleason agreed with this analysis, and as she stated in her ruling, Obama’s withdrawals “will remain in full force and effect unless and until revoked by Congress.” The government may appeal this ruling, but for now this is a big victory for the climate.

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