With support from Trade Mark East Africa, EASSI is implementing a project targeting women cross border traders entitled “Consolidating the gains of women cross border traders in the East African Community (EAC) economic integration process”.The project whose overall goal is to increase the value and volume of trade by women cross border traders in the East African Community common market” is a continuity from a previous project on Empowering women cross border traders in the East African common market. The project recognizes that trade policy reform in the EAC region, with the coming into force of the Customs Union and Common Market Protocols, largely focused at the formal economy without considering the women traders who are the majority in cross border trade although in the informal economy.
Under the project, EASSI endeavors to identify opportunities for Women Cross Border Traders (WCBTs) provided for in various EAC trade or legal instruments in order to enable them benefit just like their male counterparts. Through their women traders Associations, the WCBTs are able to lobby and advocate for their rights especially regarding the challenges experienced while transacting across the various border points. The project is being implemented at the border points of Malaba (Kenya/Uganda), Busia (Kenya/Uganda), Mutukula (Tanzania/Uganda), Katuna (Rwanda/Uganda), Holili/Taveta (Kenya/Tanzania), Namanga (Kenya/Tanzania and Kabanga/Kobero (Burundi/Tanzania) border.