Aniceta Kiriga

Founder of the Tharaka Women's Welfare Program and the Alternative Rite of Passage 

Formulated in 1996, the Tharaka Women's Welfare Project in Gatunga, Kenya was designed to educate girls on the health risks of female genital mutilation (FGM) through monthly meetings and an annual Alternative Rite of Passage. 


Aniceta is providing amazing opportunities to girls from all over Meru County.  She reaches over 200 girls each year, educating them on the risks of FGM. The program reaches out to girls between the ages of 10 – 16, educating them on women’s health and sex education. As an incentive for the girls and their families, the TWWP offers education scholarships along with supplies for feminine hygiene. 

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lesley sager

Founder of Merry-Go-Strong

Merry Go Strong was founded on the premise that good design has the power to change people’s lives.  We believe that design happens everywhere and that the focus is always on the people we are designing for and with. 

While the mission of MGS is to nurture sustainable grassroots development, its core goals are to help impoverished women and girls gain confidence, make connections, and celebrate their abilities to be makers and artisans. And as a result, helps women to become self-sufficient and girls to become educated.