By Laura Mukhwana*, Canol Emeke Ojukwu* and Marion Aluoch

Women of all ages and localities have devoted themselves to restoring their landscapes. They are motivated by a desire to improve the livelihood of their families and communities through conservation. They also play a vital role in the management of land, natural resources, agriculture, nutrition and food security. This makes their involvement in restoration critical for both its achievement and sustainability. 

Women’s active participation in restoration is one of the ways they are contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation. But who are these women?

In this series, we will be shining a light on such women from Kenya, their success stories and lessons. These women are either implementing restoration or contributing to it through research and policy development.

This list is in no way comprehensive and will keep on growing.

*Laura Mukhwana is a consultant with Regreening Africa and the coordinator at GLFx Nairobi

*Canol Emeke Ojukwu is an assistant social media coordinator at GLFx Nairobi

Sabina Otieno

Sabina Otieno

Secretary, Nyatoto Ruma Women Group Homa Bay County

Grace Choni Munga

Grace Choni Munga

Chairperson of Mtakimau Mangrove Community Forest Association (CFA), Kilifi County.

Esther Wanza

Esther Wanza

Energy 4 Impact as Energy Business mentor and Co-founder Raynow Energy

Perpetual Wanjiku

Perpetual Wanjiku

Teamlead/Founder- Creative Waste Network (CREWAN)

Judy Matu

Judy Matu

Founder and National Executive Chairlady, Association of Women in Agriculture, Kenya (AWAK)

Charity Lanoi Meitiekini

Charity Lanoi Meitiekini

Livelihoods Officer, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

Patricia Mumbua Kombo

Patricia Mumbua Kombo

Founder PaTree Initiative

Kathy Wanjiru Njuguna

Kathy Wanjiru Njuguna

Gender Professional

Janephrice Talian

Janephrice Talian

Chairperson, Cheptais Community Forest Association (CFA)

Komb Green Solutions (Women) led by Lilian Ogola

Komb Green Solutions (Women) led by Lilian Ogola

Chairlady Komb Green Solutions.

Sumaiya Harunany

Sumaiya Harunany

Founder - Blue Earth Organization.

Winnie Cheche

Winnie Cheche

Eco-blogger, climate activist, conservationist and volunteer to several youth groups.

Grace Koech

Grace Koech

Researcher at ICRAF

Eva Makandi

Eva Makandi

Founder - Light On A Hill (LOAH)

Irene Ojuok

Irene Ojuok

Global Evergreening Ambassador

Tecla Chumba

Tecla Chumba

Treasurer, National Alliance of Community Forest Association in Kenya (NACOFA) and Lembus Chemusus Community Forest Association (CFA)

Grace Wacu Nding’uri

Grace Wacu Nding’uri

Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO)

Fionah Njeri

Fionah Njeri

Founder Fifiture & Miss Environment Africa Nazarene University 2021

Mieke Bourne

Mieke Bourne

Regreening Africa Programme Manager

 Anne Raychelle Myra

Anne Raychelle Myra

Founder, The Green Embassy Kenya (TGEK)

Victory Muchoki

Victory Muchoki

Open Forest Protocol Ambassador

Margaret Gathoni

Margaret Gathoni

Chairperson – Chair, Ecotourism and Hospitality Association, Egerton University

Agnes Cheptoo

Agnes Cheptoo

Tree Nursery Coordinator – Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Joyce Mutemi

Joyce Mutemi

Co-founder and Chairperson Muithua Farmers Cooperative Society

About Regreening Africa

Regreening Africa is an ambitious five-year project funded by the European Union that seeks to reverse land degradation among 500,000 households, and across 1 million hectares in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. By incorporating trees into croplands, communal lands and pastoral areas, regreening efforts make it possible to reclaim Africa’s degraded landscapes.

This story was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Regreening Africa and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union