Investing in Women in the Blue Economy in Kenya (IIW-BEK)

Women-owned enterprises in the blue economy, including women suppliers and market fish traders, face disproportionate challenges compared to men in access to finance, business skills, financial literacy licensing and certification, market access, and post-harvest losses.

The Investing in Women in the Blue Economy in Kenya (IIW-BEK) is a gender equality and women’s economic empowerment programme that endeavours to unlock these challenges faced by women-owned and led businesses in Kenya’s blue economy. The programme seeks to empower women enterprises while addressing the systemic gender barriers that have hindered their progress.

The main objectives of the program are:



  • Increase performance and sustainability of women-owned/led enterprises in the blue economy.
  • Improve the operating environment and reduce systemic gender inequalities, discriminatory social norms and barriers that women entrepreneurs and their smallholder producers and suppliers, face in the blue economy.