|Case Study of Women Block Makers in Kenya (Habitat)|
1. Public-sector policies should be examined to determine where they support and where they discriminate, knowingly or otherwise, against women in the development of nontraditional activities.
2. Women's groups should be offered the services of qualified professionals, such as industrial engineers, to assist them in improving their outputs and productivity. This should be a mixture of individual consultancies to individual women's groups and then, increasingly, provision of courses through recognized institutions. The courses, on subjects such as entrepreneurship, management, administration and productivity, should be structured in terms of timing, design and venue so that they are available to the women they are intended to benefit.
3. In new housing developments and, where possible, in existing developments, a serviced site should be made available fore women's group production area. While individual circumstances will dictate the preferred size of such sites, a minimum of 2,000 square metres is recommended.
4. Financial institutions should be encouraged to support women's groups by accepting nontraditional forms of collateral, by making available loan capital at reduced interest rates and by considering or devising innovative ways in which the ultimate benefits of successful women's production groups can be supported in the development stages. These institutions should recognize that success for women's groups would be of (financial) benefit to the institutions themselves.