AFCHIX WomenConnect Project: “Gender-sensitive approach to connect the unconnected using Community Network Models”


Our proposed solution entails working with unconnected communities to build their capacities to establish and maintain community-based and owned telecommunications infrastructure.


The project is about the human capacity building related to women and Community Networks. The solution will use gender sensitive approaches and deliberately involve women as leaders and focal persons in the design, installation and maintenance of Community Networks. We will build the technical, policy, and leadership capacities of women in establishing and managing these Community Networks in selected African countries.


The proposed solution will impact underserved communities in 4 African countries – Senegal, Kenya, Morocco, and Namibia.


In Senegal we will work in Cambérène with a population of 50,000 composed of mostly women. A women’s association has been identified and the women engage in gardening, dairy processing and fish products. The proposed community network will link these women and help to market their businesses.


In Morocco we will work with a community in Ait Izdeg, Midelt Province, to establish a Community Network to facilitate communication between women workers and farmers. Ait Izdeg is recognized as the poorest region in Morocco. It has a population of more than 8431 people living in more than 1503 households. The community engages in growing apples, walnuts, apricots, plums, pomegranates, wheat, corn, and a wide variety of garden vegetables.


In Kenya we will collaborate with Chief Francis Kariuki of Lanet Umoja Community in Nakuru North District. The goal is to mobilize local women community leaders in Lanet Umoja to implement a local wireless community network for public utility. Chief Francis Kariuki is successfully using social media to mobilize over 400 women community leaders. Lanet Umoja has 30,000 people living in about 7,500 households.


In Namibia we will work to scale up a very small Community Network in the rural village of Groot-Aub, in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter Namibia. This focuses on very low-cost communication within Groot Aub, special support for women to visibly contribute to community-based ICT initiatives and technology teaching. We are motivated, mutually, by the spirit of the village’s small maker-space for innovation and the proven capability of Namibia’s women technologists, connected to ISOC-Namibia, to increase women’s inclusion in ICT.


Profiles for the Project Team:


Ms. Lillian Achom

Projects Manager

Nationality: Ugandan


She has implemented several successful AFCHIX Projects including: ISOC funded School of the Deaf Project, AFRINIC Grant to AFCHIX for identifying and documenting women in technology role models. She has led the AfChix Uganda Chapter activities since 2006. In 2014, Ms. Lillian served as the Projects Manager of Computers for Schools Kenya, Nairoibi, Kenya.


Ms. Caroline Chepkwony

Finance Manager

Country: Kenya


Caroline Chepkwony has over 16 years in financial and accounting field. Her experience in finance and accounting spans across fund management and operations, Private Equity/Venture Capital, Audit services and Business industries. She has been working as a consultant helping entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses and advising international investors looking to invest in East African SMEs. She has also been offering accounting, finance and strategy advisory services to various companies across East Africa.

Prior to that she worked for a fintech start up in London and She supported the Palladium impact investing team in London  on Strategy and deal sourcing while working as a summer associate.  Caroline was the CFO and Investor relations manager at the Nairobi based Fanisi Venture Capital Fund and has worked for PwC and BDO(formerly DCDM).  She is a CPA(K), MBA from the University of Oxford (Said Business School), MA (International Studies) and B.Com (Finance) both from the University of Nairobi.



  1. Senegal:


Name: Ms. Adama KA

Title: Project Coordinator

Community: Camberene Community

Nationality: Senegalese


  1. Morocco:

Name: Ms. Sabah Ou Herri

Title: Project Coordinator

Community: Ait Izdeg, Midelt Province

Nationality: Moroccan



  1. Kenya:


Name: Mrs. Irene Misoi

Title: Project Coordinator

Community: Lanet Umoja Community, Nakuru

Nationality: Kenyan






Title: Project Coordinator











Name: Nodumo Dhlamini

Title: Chairperson of the Steering Committee

Country: Ghana

Nationality: Zimbabwean


Nodumo is a Zimbabwean national who lives and works in Ghana.

She is employed as the Director of ICT Services and Knowledge Management at the Association of African Universities Secretariat.

Nodumo holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Computer Science) and a Master of Business Administration. She is passionate about mentorship, coaching and aligning technology to solve real challenges.Nodumo is a Zimbabwean national who lives and works in Ghana.

She is employed as the Director of ICT Services and Knowledge Management at the Association of African Universities Secretariat.


Name: Mrs. Dorcas Muthoni Ngatia

Title: Co-Chair of the Project Steering Committee

Nationality: Kenyan



Dorcas Muthoni, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the CEO and founder of OPENWORLD LTD ( OPENWORLD is now a leading e-Government and Business Software Services firm in the Eastern Africa region. Dorcas also founded AfChix


Name: Mrs. Houda Chakiri

Role: Steering Committee Member

Nationality: Moroccan


Mrs Houda Chakiri is CEO and founder of Enhanced Technologies, a Moroccan IT company specializing in developing e-Government solutions.


Selected among top ten finalists of Sawaed contest, named among 100 best social entrepreneurs in GK3, Malaysia 2007, selected in Tech women program 2012 funded by the US department of State and in IEEE CIST 2014 Young ICT Entrepreneur Award and got WSTEM best middle level executive award 2015 by Meera Kaul Foundation.


Houda holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Mohammed the Vth University in Rabat, a master’s degree in Laser Physics from Hassan IIth from University of Casablanca, and a Master’s Degree of Science in Computer Networks from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.


Houda has worked since 2003 as an IT manager overseeing different R&D projects at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, and is currently working to manage the change that introduction of ICT brings to the organizational, political, and social levels in public administration in Morocco while managing her company Enhanced Technologies..


Name: Mrs. Khoudia GUEYE

Role: Steering Committee Member

Nationality: Senegalese


Khoudia GUEYE is a Senegalese national. Currently she is employed as the Director of Infrastructures and Information Systems at the Senegalese Virtual University.


Khoudia holds a Master degree in Mathematics and a Master degree in Computer Science & Telecommunications and more than 15 years of experience as a network engineer.


She is passionate about social business (mentorship, networking, coaching) and believes that technology could change our lives better.


She is the CEO and co-founder of SenChix, one of the first AfChix chapters




Name: Mr. Michuki Mwangi

Role: Chairman of the Advisory Board

Nationality: Kenyan


Mr. Michuki is the Regional Development Manager for Internet Society (ISOC) in Africa and CTO at Kenya Internet

Exchange Point


Name: Ms. Sarah Kiden

Role: Co-Chair of the Advisory Board

Nationality: Ugandan


Sarah Kiden is the ICAAN Regional Leader and a Recent Ford-Zilla Fellow


Name: Ms. Josephine Miliza

Role: Technical Advisory Board Member

Nationality: Kenyan


A Network Engineer and Program Manager at Tunapanda Net –an existing Community Network in Kenya



Name: Mr. Steve Huter

Role: Technical Advisory Board Member


Director for the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) and a Research Associate at the University of Oregon. Steve has worked with thousands of network engineers, scientists, and Internet technology developers in more than one hundred countries around the world to help build Internet infrastructure and establish international partnerships in support of research and education.


Name: Mr. Steve Song

Role: Technical Advisory Board Member


Steve Song is a researcher, entrepreneur, and advocate for cheaper, more pervasive access to communication infrastructure in Africa. He is a 2018 Fellow for Digital Inclusion at the Mozilla Foundation. He is also a research associate with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) where he works to expand the use of wireless technologies through shared spectrum strategies. His strong technical knowledge combined with an exceptional ability to communicate technical concepts to non-expert audiences have made his blog ( a popular destination for anyone interested in African telecommunications and Internet issues. Since 2009, Steve has been actively maintaining public maps of undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure in Africa. Steve is also the founder of Village Telco, a social enterprise that manufactures low-cost WiFi mesh VoIP technologies to deliver affordable voice and Internet service in under-serviced areas. Previously, Steve worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he led the organization’s ICT4D program in Africa, funding research into the transformational potential of ICTs


Name: Prof. Carlos Rey-Moreno

Role: Technical Advisory Board Member


Dr. Carlos Rey-Moreno is a telecommunications engineer with a background on development studies. Carlos has been involved in rural connectivity projects in underserved areas for more than ten years. He is the co-founder of Zenzeleni Networks, a community-owned ISP providing affordable communications in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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