Photo of Philipine Kidulah

Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika was founded in May 2010, following the vision of Philipine Chepkoech Kidulah also known as Pini, a native woman of West Pokot County. She founded Jitokeze following her personal experience growing up in West Pokot County and experiencing poverty, marginalization and discrimination as a woman and belonging to a minority tribe in West Pokot County. These experiences caused her to develop a deep sensitivity to poverty, injustice, and conflict as well as how these situations are worsened by environmental challenges like droughts, land degradation and floods.

Amidst these challenges, Philipine experienced the grace and power of a united and supportive family and faith community that played a huge role in encouraging her to be purpose driven, courageous, determined, and entrepreneurial in how she lives and seeks to serve people in her community. Her late mom being her greatest encourager and supporter on this journey.

Bearing a strong desire and determination to work for her own empowerment and that of her fellow women in West Pokot. Philipine went on a faith and career journey within Kenya, around East Africa and in the United States. A journey that empowered her with education, skills, experiences, and networks that helped her to start and run Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika in West Pokot Kenya. 

Conscious of the privilege of being able to access great education and a global level exposure, she was driven to serve as a channel through which other women and girls can access opportunities for self-empowerment like she has.

She then mobilized her friends and family to join efforts with her to support the most vulnerable women in West Pokot County to improve their lives and capacity to anticipate and deal with the realities of poverty and impacts of droughts and conflicts in their communities.

While undertaking her master’s degree studies in the United states, Philipine utilized the time to conceptual and develop a plan that would later guide her in the start of Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika. In September to November 2010, she travelled back to Kenya to conduct a feasibility study among women in West Pokot whose findings informed the choice of some of the programs that would later be implemented by Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika.

She then travelled back to the US to complete her master’s degree in international development and about 9 months later, she worked with her friends from Eastern University, Central Baptist Church and other churches in Pennsylvania to raise funds that would later be used in implementing the initial programs of Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika.

In August 2011, Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika was officially registered as a community-based organization by the Ministry of Gender and Social Services in West Pokot bearing the registration number 2011/903.  In April 2012, Philipine travelled back to Kenya to start running the organization.

Since 2012 to 2021 the organization has served 331 vulnerable and landless young women as well as 2562 farmers in Self Help Groups in West Pokot