Asembo Bay Women for Development was founded in January 2006 by a group of women in a rural village in Kenya. Determined to stop the devastation of HIV on their families and communities, this group of women decided that they needed to organize themselves and learn the skills to change their community.
Originally hoping to develop accessible health care services, the women quickly realized that the risk of contracting HIV and the ability to live, once infected, were directly tied to education, employment and food security.
Since their inception, the scope of development activities has grown from very modest beginnings to include promotion of safe motherhood, elimination of child labour and promotion of women's rights. The women are volunteers and receive no remuneration which is actually quite unusual in Kenya. The women all pay monthly dues which are used to support costs of orphan care.
The members of Asembo Bay Women for Development include six Kenyan and two Canadian women. The group is highly respected for its accomplishments in the community and are frequently asked to represent the community in planning and development initiatives. Funding received for group activities is used to pay for training and development courses, transportation to meetings and seminars and, cost of the internet connection.