Who we are
M-Kyala Ventures is a specialized strategy and advisory firm that helps organizations create effective strategies and interventions to increase access to finance for women entrepreneurs in East Africa. They offer strategies on gender lens investing and entrepreneurial programming for women.
The Gender Smart Lending Toolkit by M-Kyala Ventures is an outcome of the Gender Equality Initiative in East Africa, organized by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The toolkit aims to provide financial institutions with process and product recommendations that they can incorporate into their existing work to better support women entrepreneurs, while still making a profit.
"We believe that offering improved lending products for women entrepreneurs can accelerate the economies of East Africa."
To equip female entrepreneurs in East Africa with the necessary tools and resources to access credit, and increase the capacity of financial institutions to support women-led businesses.
A more equitable ecosystem with prosperous financial institutions and businesses led by women.
Carolyne is the founder of M-Kyala Ventures. With over 15 years of experience as a management consultant and impact investor, she is currently focused on building the field of gender lens investing in Africa and providing growth opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
Bernice is a gender integration consultant at M-Kyala Ventures, with more than 7 years of experience in the East African startup industry. Her portfolio showcases a range of successful projects dedicated to building and expanding startups across the region, including her previously-owned renewable energy company.
Catherine is the founder and consultant at Enea Advisors in Tanzania, with over 7 years of experience in strategy and financial management. In her current role, Catherine supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in East Africa by helping them build strong growth structures and systems and scale up.
Anastasia is a co-founder at Yusudi, a women-owned social enterprise in Kenya. She is also an advisor for social impact initiatives and startups. She has 10+ years of experience in entrepreneurship and technology and is driven by her passion to explore human potential.