Mary Kagunda

Mary is a single mother of one, who lost both parents in the years 2005 and 2007 consequently. She was the third of four girls. The older two sisters were married before their parents’ deaths. Mary was left to care for her youngest sister. Though she had finished high school, she was not employed. When she came to us, Mary had a stock of clothes in a plastic bag where she walked around selling them in the neighborhood.

When she received her first loan, she bought and kept chickens. She was able to sell two trays of eggs every week. She said that her life changed and they were able to put food on the table without strain. Mary continued saving money from the eggs until she had enough to buy a sheep. The sheep she purchased was pregnant and she gave birth to a female sheep. Mary still has chickens and sheep but with the loan she received after the business course, she plans to start selling cosmetic products. She hopes to grow her business to a point where she can employ not only her sister but her neighbors as well.

Lucy Nyaruiru

Lucy is married with a large family. Both Lucy and her husband are Christians and very hardworking but they are unemployed. They live in a one-bedroom apartment and their chickens live in the patio area.  They depend on working in other people’s homes or fields. With her first loan, Lucy kept range chickens, which helped to meet their basic needs. Though she struggled, she was able to pay back her loan. Lucy still has her chickens and she sells 2 trays of eggs every week. With her new loan, she plans to sell second-hand clothing. She hopes to start with few clothes and grow her business, to a point where she can employ her family members.

Beattrice Nyawira

Beatrice was widowed at an early age. Her husband left her with nothing to live on. Being a committed Christian, Beatrice learned to trust in God at an early age of her widowhood. She states that God became her only source of help. She was unable to complete High School, so finding employment was difficult, yet she had to make ends meet for both her children and herself. She has three children ages 10-14 years old. She has been selling vegetables since she came to us in 2014. With her new loan, she plans to start growing vegetables of different kinds. She rented a property that has water she can use to irrigate her crops. Beatrice hopes, by adding a variety of vegetables, she can increase her profits and get a faster return.​