Jacinta is a widow and single mother of three who has been living in the Kibera informal settlement (close to Nairobi) for the last 20 years. When she was enrolled in our project for household empowerment, which includes trainings in parental guidance, savings, and investment, she was running a small grocery business that was on the verge of closing down, especially at the height of the COVID pandemic. She became a member of the village savings and loan association, which allowed her to borrow the money and receive the guidance she needed to boost her small business. She is now able to get money from the business and pay for rent, food, transportation, and even save some money weekly.
Adelide was 27 years old when she fled her country in search of safety. She had a very difficult start when she arrived in Kenya and lost her one-year-old child due to an accident. She became a beneficiary of our urban refugee program, where we seek to improve resilience and coping capacities of the affected population by enhancing livelihood and accompanying refugee women towards self-reliance. Through guidance, she was able to accept the loss and started searching for casual jobs. After joining a village saving group and receiving training, she started her small business and is planning to pursue her passion for tailoring. She feels her dignity has been restored.
As the beneficiary of the AVSI education program, Mercy completed her studies and is currently working as a sales manager representative for an insurance company. She is married with two children and expecting a third child soon. With her first salary, she helped her mother stabilize her income by cultivating produce for consumption and selling the extra, in addition to renovating her mother’s house.