Sally Emali

Sally Emali

Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:00

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Kiandutu informal settlement is home to about 9,000 households located on a 100 acre piece of public land in Thika town along the busy Nairobi-Garissa Highway. The settlement is fairly planned with access roads and water reticulation. According to the settlement Enumerations and Mapping report 2012, top of the list of the settlement’s agenda is addressing issues of sanitation, tenure and shelter. The quest for the community to address these pertinent issues has been steadfast.

When we arrive at Marianne Centre in Limuru, a massive greenhouse beholds our site. It’s a couple of meters from the Centre’s classrooms. The young men and women are busy cleaning their premises.

Marianne centre is an institution that was started in 2010 by 5 members of the community for purposes of training and teaching young boys and girls who were physically and mentally challenged. This group of individuals is many times discriminated by society. The centre has 47 learners at the moment.

The Centre  relies on good will from society to cater for their  needs. After years of totally depending on well wishers, they thought of starting a business venture that would supplement their donations and help them become independent at some point.

One of the directors heard about Akiba Mashinani Trust from a friend who has benefitted from the organization. With this, they approached the field officer in charge of Limuru area. The officer trained them and they quickly agreed to take a loan with AMT.

They applied for a loan worth Ksh. 600,000 which was approved after presenting their business plan. The centre decided to put up a Greenhouse and plant tomatoes for both domestic and commercial use. They planted 800 seedlings and are now awaiting their big harvest.

The livelihood loan from AMT has changed their lives.

“Thank you Akiba Mashinani Trust for helping us. We are expecting a huge harvest soon,” said Mercy, head teacher at Marianne Centre happily.

“The money we get from selling the tomatoes, we shall use it for improving our classrooms and save some for another loan,” Mercy adds

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Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT) is a housing development & finance agency by the Slum Dwellers Federation of Kenya - Muungano wa Wanavijiji (MWW), an affiliate of Slum Dwellers International (SDI). It operates in all Counties of Kenya. More...

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