Education toward Improving the Quality of Life of Women: Impact of A Community-based Organization in Rural Kenya
Soeda, Yasuko, 1983-
Although many development programs addressing gender issues exist, few development agencies and organizations pay attention to program evaluation and long-term outcomes. The purpose of this thesis is to examine whether a community-based organization improves women's quality of life through a combination of sewing, health education, and general education classes in the rural community of Takaungu, Kenya. Specifically, I question whether the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children's (EAC) programs are successful from the participants' point of view. In interviews with 29 program participants, I asked them how they perceive the programs of the EAC and whether they are using their acquired skills in their daily lives. Employing the EAC as a case study through participant observation and survey through interviews from my 12-week stay with the EAC, I wish to make these women's voices heard.