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New businesses leaders “over the moon” in Nairobi

The five new groups in Nairobi, Kenya that received SIA Small Business Fund (SBF) grants weren’t just pleased, “they were ‘over the moon’” says Wambui Nguyo, SIA SBF local coordinator. “They said it seemed like a dream, especially when I confirmed it wasn’t a loan and they wouldn’t pay back!” Each group of three people […]

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Positive Change in Mary’s Family

Mary Phiri, aged 36, is married to Martin Ndoio. They have five children (2 boys and 3 girls; the oldest 13 years old) and they live right near the Manymula Trading Centre in rural Malawi. Canaan Gondwe, the local SIA Small Business Fund coordinator, met with  Mary and Martin several times to listen to them […]

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Success stories from Kenya!

As promised, today we have real stories from the new business groups in Kenya. These groups are truly modeling the spirit of SIA. They are eagerly trying new things, realizing the benefits of their hard work, and paying-it-forward to help others in need. ‘We Build Ourselves’ Josephine and her two daughters, Martha & Dorcas, started a basket-making […]

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Education and a New Job for Gladys

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Even more than in the US, people in Kenya are desperately seeking jobs that pay the bills and help their families thrive. Also like the US, people in Kenya turn to education to increase their job opportunities. Samro Polytechnic school in Eldoret Kenya, supported in part by a SIA grant, is focused […]

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Wow! This report from Malawi made my day!

In 2009 SIA gave Manyamula Village Savings and Loans (MAVISALO) Cooperative a grant to start their village loan fund. It started small and yet each year we get more exciting news about how the group continues to expand, reduce poverty, and serve as a model to other community groups. My heart filled with joy when I […]

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