Meet...Klaris Awino Achieng
Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust
A Story of Empowerment
Klaris is a widow from Lusi village and a member of the pioneer cohort of Street Business School. A year after graduation, she is operating a second business of selling fish, made possible by her savings and borrowings from her local VSLA group.
From the fish business, she generates a profit of Ksh. 1800 per week, and as part of product diversification, sells mangoes and other fast moving products, which give her an extra profit of Ksh. 1200 per week. With these impressive margins, she has ventured into productive assets, having recently bought 4 goats and one sheep which she intends to sell at future date. Talk about smart entrepreneurship at the village level!
Gender Based Violence Awareness
According to the World Health Organization, one third of women worldwide have experienced violence; the high prevalence of violence is linked with higher rates of HIV infection.
The Solar Power Difference
Somewhere in Masala Got stands a grass thatched house, surrounded by the most beautiful natural stone landscape. Inside the house await three giggling siblings and their mother.
Mercy is a recent graduate of Street Business School. She started with a loan of KES 200 and a handful of bananas. Mercy has since grown her business to include the sale of avocados and oranges, earning an average of Ksh. 1,000 per week.