Demand for fish has and is still rising owing to the growing population and changing feeding habits.
With this demand, aquaculture has been seen to be the only sustainable source of fish with commercial aquaculture enterprises being on the rise, giving people a source of livelihood.
Despite aquaculture being a sustainable source of livelihood, women in the rural areas have for a long time been disadvantaged and have not been able to reap the benefits that come with fish farming.
In 2010, research indicated that poor women and their families have very limited access to financial services. Only 4% have access to credit for fish farming.
This is where Kenya Women Holding (KWH) saw the gap and decided to come in and close it.
Kenya Women Holding came in and provided financial services and financial literacy to the women as well as provide training.
Despite the deep rooted traditional fishing practices, the women accepted aquaculture as their source of livelihood with support of men.
KWH has rolled out aquaculture farming in Kakamega and central regions, and is now scaling up in Funyula, Busia, Migori and Nyatike to partner with women to create a better society