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Kenyan Women Rise in the Manufacturing Value Chain

A survey shows that Kenyan women are dominating top mechanized jobs, although men still own most businesses and have better paying jobs. Easter Kojwang is a businesswoman who started her own natural foods packaging company. The firm has grown by leaps and bounds since she started it five years ago. She and other women are leaders in Kenyan manufacturing, but Kojwang says it still can be difficult to deal with men in the industry. “For example, you want to supply your honey to a big company and the procurement manager might be a man, who might want more from you than you are willing to, you know, willing to give,” said Easter. “You just want to do clean business.” Despite Kenyan men having most – and better paid – manufacturing jobs, Kenyan women are dominating the sector’s top careers.