During her visit to Kenya recently, Amy Auguston, Uweza Foundation's Board Vice President, had a rare opportunity of attending one of the weekly meetings of Kibera Agenda 4 Business Savings. Sitting with the members was very thrilling as they all looked calm.
The attendance was full house and group members, the majority of which were women, sat patiently as the chair of the meeting Mr. Tom Odumo briefed them on the day’s agenda. “First we have an important visitor with us called Amy from the US who is also the Vice president of Uweza Foundation. She is here to learn more about us, so don’t feel intimidated by her presence," says Mr. Odumo.
|From left: Kibera Agenda Program Manager William Moi, Chairman Tom Odumo and Project Coordinator William Ochieng|
|Kibera Agenda Program Manager William Moi addresses the group|
The interesting bit about the loans is that if one fails to repay given loan on time, then a small fee of ksh.4 shillings is collected as a penalty for defaulters. The group also focuses on giving support to struggling members whose businesses are not flourishing as they receive a top up amount to continue with their businesses.
|Agenda member receiving a loan for her business|
|Kibera Agenda members with Uweza Vice President Amy Auguston|
Related stories about Kibera Agenda:
Hard Work Pays: http://uwezainkenya.blogspot.com/2012/04/hard-work-pays.html
Interview with Chairman of Kibera Agenda http://uwezainkenya.blogspot.com/2012/02/interview-with-tom-odumo-chair-of.html
Empowering the Community: http://uwezainkenya.blogspot.com/2012/01/empowering-community.html