While serving as the children’s pastor at Nairobi Pentecostal Church in Kenya, Pastor Hannah Nginya felt a calling to help the women who came to the church in desperate need for food and other basic needs. In response to the growing number of women in need, she started a nonprofit organization called the Badili Center (Badili means ‘change’ in Swahili) in 2010.
She serves as the Director of the center that empowers vulnerable women including single mothers and widows by teaching them entrepreneurial skills and spiritual formation in addition to offering counseling and mentorship programs.
Training includes business planning, marketing, bookkeeping and self-discovery, plus practical skills such as soap making, beadwork, baking, tapestry, knitting, sewing and health and nutrition. In just a few years, they have trained over 700 women from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya.
The center trains women with little donor support as most of the funds come from Hannah and her close friends, proving that God can use a little in a person’s hand to do a lot.
Hannah has offered training in various churches in Nairobi, and she has partnered with Church Missionary Society in Africa to facilitate the training of trainers. She is a consultant on business development and management.
She’s also written a book, Financial Freedom for Vulnerable Women Across Africa. The book is used by women as a personal guide toward financial freedom, and it is also used by facilitators at the center to guide women from different educational and socio-economic backgrounds. Some of the book’s key objectives include helping women to discover themselves as being made in the image of God, developing good financial management practices, learning techniques for starting a business, managing their personal development and career growth and contributing to meaningful community transformation.
Hannah earned her Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Studies from Africa International University in Kenya in 2008. Of her experience there, Hannah says it was very enriching, and her faith in God grew immensely. She says she learned a lot about counseling and building relationships with people from different cultures. One of the biggest lessons she learned is that when God places a calling on a person’s life, He will sustain that person to fulfill his or her purpose in their life.
“Always remember that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. He does not make mistakes.”
– Hannah Nginya