Project profile — Leveraging Equality for Gender-Just Economic Development (LEGEND)


Mennonite Economic DevelopmentAssociates of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011098)
2022-01-26 - 2027-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Kenya (100.00%)


• Banking And Financial Services: Education/training in banking and financial services (24081) (20.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business Development Services (25030) (50.00%)
• Agriculture: Food crop production (31161) (15.00%)
• Fishing: Fishery education/training (31381) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)


In Kenya’s lake and coastal zones, this project will support women and youth entrepreneurs in the horticulture, poultry, and blue economy (fisheries) sectors. Specifically, it will support access to a mix of financing options, deliver gender-informed business development training, and subsidize environmentally sustainable business technologies for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The project will also work with community and government organizations to address harmful social norms and improve the business environment for women and youth. Altogether, these interventions will generate more lucrative and resilient livelihoods for women and youth; creating community spinoff benefits and contributing to a more inclusive COVID19 recovery in Kenya. Project activities include: (1) supporting entrepreneurs and businesses to add value to their production in aggregation, storage, processing and logistics; (2) developing, administering and awarding matching grants; (3) assessing, identifying, and facilitating third party investors to provide targeted, mixed loans to the small businesses whose investment readiness has been de-risked by receiving project grants; (4) administering smart incentive schemes to help entrepreneurs acquire climate-smart technologies;(5) facilitating new or improved financial services and products for entrepreneurs; (6) developing, promoting, and administering financial education to entrepreneurs; and (7) engaging policy stakeholders and community leaders in dialogues to promote women’s empowerment and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. The project expects to directly reach 250 small and medium sized enterprises (50% women-led and 40% youth-led at minimum); 30,000 entrepreneurs (60% women and 50% youth at minimum); and 100 local organizations.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved business performance of small and medium sized enterprises led by women and youth; (2) improved business performance of women and youth entrepreneurs; (3) reduced gender and identity-based barriers to business for youth and women in targeted regions of Kenya; (4) improved income security for selected women and youth in Kenya’s lake and coastal zones; (5) increased representation of women and youth at multiple levels of the horticulture, poultry, and fishing industries; and (6) increased capacity of duty-bearers (governments, community leaders, civil society) to implement gender-and-youth responsive economic policies and to combat discriminatory social norms and sexual and gender-based violence.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $4,000,000
Planned disbursement $3,698,344
Transaction Date Type Value
11-04-2024 Disbursement $501,447
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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