Who We Are
Our Vision is a transformed and empowered community of women who can individually and collectively challenge poverty and other barriers to development
Our Core Values
Our Core Values include:
Our Achievements at a glance
Girls reached through SRHR awareness and education outreaches
Girls supported with reusable sanitary towels, face masks and hand sanitisers
Young mothers provided with practical and technical skills in income generation, business grants, and business incubation
Intersectional and intergenerational VSLA groups formed and supported
Children enrolled in ECD centres supprted through the School Feeding programmes
About the founder
A4WGN was founded by Mercy Syombua Mulanga out of her passion for women empowerment and driven by her own childhood experiences as a young woman born and brought up in Kitui County. Growing up in extreme poverty, Mercy had to drop out of school at a young age and take up a job as an unpaid house girl in the city just to be able to access some basic needs.
When she could not continue working due to the cruelty of her employer, Mercy contemplated early marriage at fourteen and was promised to be married as a second wife to a famous witch doctor in her village. Fortunately, she was recued by the Christian Brothers in Kibera where she had sought refuge with her aunt, and through a sponsorship from Women for Women in Africa, Mercy was able to re-enroll into secondary school and successfully complete her education.
She now is a gender and program specialist and is deeply passionate about feminist mobilization, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She has great experience working with rural communities and partners to deliver on project interventions including women rights organizations, collectives, civils societies, INGOs, and other networks. She holds a professional master’s in development policy and practices from the Graduate Institute of Policy and Development Studies-Geneva, and a degree in early childhood and primary education from Moi University in Kenya.