Opportunity Kenya CEO Lydia Njoroge
In Kenya, you are bringing training to hardworking entrepreneurs
Under new leadership, more than 8,000 Kenyan Trust Group members are reaping the benefits of robust financial literacy training, support and mentoring along with access to new skills to manage their small businesses while vastly improving quality of life for their families and communities. During the first half of 2012, activity highlights for Opportunity Kenya include:
- Appointing Lydia Njoroge as new CEO in April 2012 – this was a well-deserved internal promotion.
- Developing a School Fee loan to help families manage the costs associated with education.
- Hiring a transformation manager in June to develop and launch a financial literacy training DVD series that was launched in August as a pilot program.
Families mired in poverty are making the most of the opportunities you make possible, living their dream of having a different and better life. Because you invested in Opportunity Kenya, we can continue to invest in people like Jane Andisi, a determined entrepreneur who insists on being a respected business woman in what she calls a man’s business.
Fabricating metal boxes is considered a man’s job in Kenya. A true entrepreneur, Jane Andisi is not intimidated; she uncovered a need in her community and answered the call. As the sole bread winner in her family, Jane came to Opportunity Kenya ten years ago when her husband became unable to work, seeking to grow her business and increase her income. Having missed the opportunity for an education herself, Jane was adamant that her children attend school and even university for some. Today, Jane’s business is thriving and her seven children are pursuing their education – an amazing achievement since she has had no formal education herself. She says, “This may be a man’s world and metal boxes may be a man’s business but I do not let that stop me from being a woman and mother who provides for her children.”
With Opportunity’s help, women like Jane are able to capitalize on their skills with newfound confidence, and begin to take steps up the rungs of the economic ladder, achieving tangible gains for the whole family.
Thanks for all your continued support that makes this possible!
Opportunity client Jane Andisi