Elizabeth Mang’eni is a Trade Development Officer for Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives. She has dedicated her career to empowering women and girls with disabilities by promoting local small entrepreneurship, inclusive job skills training, and programs that educate people with disabilities about business management and savings.
Elizabeth will plan a project that will support 20 women and girls with disabilities in Kisumu County-Kenya, by providing trainings in entrepreneurial skills, business management, savings and sustainability. Her project will also involve leadership training and empower women with disabilities to play a greater role in their local government and economy. She has an impressive record of successful project implementation, having won a Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2017. She has also received awards and grants from the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund. These have enabled her to expand her work on inclusive employment and reproductive health support for young women with disabilities.