Absa SHE STARS Program 2022

The Absa SHE STARS Program supports female entrepreneurs from various sectors in Kenya to overcome some of the most prevalent challenges of today’s women in the business world.

Over the course of 18 months, Yunus Environment Hub (YEH) supports 1,500 women-led micro, small and medium enterprises within the Absa Bank Kenya clientele to build more resilient, sustainable, and competitive businesses in response to disrupted livelihoods, climate change, biodiversity loss and a resource depleting economy. The beneficiaries will be equipped with the necessary tools and skills to capitalize their business models to drive change and examine the broader landscape in which they thrive in.

Through a blended Finance and Business Development program, we aim at empowering these entrepreneurs to enhance their business capabilities and thus increase income opportunities and create jobs. Additionally, with the tailored mentorship and interactive business training and extensive networking opportunities with experienced female entrepreneurs/mentors (BIG SISTERS), the program entails hands-on skills and a capacity building journey to the selected entrepreneurs (SHE STARS).

Absa SHE STARS Program 2022 Details

During the 18-months program, the 1,500 SHE STARS will be grouped into 4 cohorts of ca. 375 and each cohort will participate in a 12-weeks training and mentoring program, that concludes with a graduation event. The selected participants will receive:

  1. Training in business skills
  2. Mentorship with experienced female entrepreneurs (BIG SISTERS)
  3. Networking opportunities
  4. Peer-to-peer support
  5. Access to markets and blended finance support


During the program, 30 BIG SISTERS will be engaged to support the SHE STARS. The selected mentors will receive:

  1. Training opportunity
  2. Networking opportunities
  3. Certificate of your engagement and letter of recommendation
  4. Recognized involvement

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Absa SHE STARS Program 2022