Women Lawyers, Bankers, Financial Experts, Entrepreneurs, Managers and Trainers got together in 1981. Their vision was to set up a financial Institution devoted to addressing solely financial needs of women. In fact, their specific objectives were to set up a woman serving, woman led bank.
KWFT was established to provide access to financial services to women entrepreneurs to enable them to improve their economic status and livelihoods. Since its inception over 29 years ago, KWFT has risen to be one of the most successful microfinance institutions in the country, with the largest network of any MFI providing deep penetration into rural and urban areas of Kenya.
KWFT enjoys a unique status in financial services as the only financial institution to focus solely on women clients. It has created a portfolio of products and services focused on meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs. KWFT’S success is based on the recognition that women are a key niche market that has significantly lower levels of access to financial services than the rest of the general population.
Kenya Women Finance Trust has grown from small beginning in 1981 into an Institution with over 600,000 members from Kenya’s 47 counties. KWFT staff has also grown from 6 in 1992 to over 2000 in 2012.