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Thursday, 05 April 2018 09:46

Nilinde Project gives caregivers hope for the future Featured

Written by Christine Muna
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Nilinde Project gives caregivers hope for the future Christine Muna

Christine Syombua (right), a 30 year old mother of one, is a beaming green grocer based in the dusty Kamulu town, Ruai Sub County. Her semi-permanent shop is strategically placed near the road where passengers and drivers in public service vehicles pass by to order her well displayed fruits and vegetables. She narrates her story:

“I joined HOPE worldwide Kenya’s Nilinde* Project in 2016 where together with other caregivers we formed a Voluntary Savings and Loans Association (VSLA). Through this group, we saved KSh. 50 every month and eventually, we saved up enough for table banking. Later that year, I borrowed KSh. 1, 500 from the group and used it as capital to start my green grocer stall. I started by selling bananas, oranges and tomatoes on a small counter.”

Christine’s business grew and by the end of 2017, she put up a poultry house and bought one cockerel and one hen. She then began rearing chicken and selling them at a profit.

“When I began this business, the profit was inadequate for rent and other expenses. But now I have grown my stock of fruits and vegetables. I sell the chicken for KSh. 600 to KSh. 1, 000. I get a daily profit of KSh. 200 to KSh. 500 daily from this business. I also benefitted from the Nilinde Project asset transfer from which I got 6 chicks in 2017. The chicks are still growing and having added to my stock of chicken, I anticipate a good profit from them when they are fully mature,” narrated Christine.

 

Christine (left) showcases one of the chicken that she has for sale to a customer.

Christine also benefits from other services from the Nilinde Project as she explains below:

“In 2017, I was among the caregivers who were supported to register and pay for the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). I cannot explain the importance of this health insurance as it helps my family and I get much needed subsidized medical treatment. My child also receives school fees support and school uniforms from the Nilinde Project. I am very grateful for the assistance that I have received from HOPE worldwide Kenya and the Nilinde Project, my hope for the future has been restored,” quipped a jovial Christine.

Mercy Ruguru is another caregiver who joined HOPE worldwide Kenya’s Nilinde Project in 2016. Together with other caregivers, she joined a Voluntary Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) where they did table banking by saving and loaning each other to start businesses.

“We would save KSh. 70 every two weeks. Later that year, I got a loan of KSh. 4,000 to start my green grocer business. I started by selling potatoes, tomatoes and cabbage. Over time my business has grown. Now in 2018, I get an average of KSh. 200 to KSh. 300 profit per day and on a good day I can get up to KSh. 1,500 profit. My children also get school fees support from the Nilinde Project and this has really helped me. I also received a female goat as part of the Nilinde Project asset transfer in 2017. The goat is growing well and I hope it will continue to grow and get kids soon. I am grateful for the interventions that HOPE worldwide Kenya and Nilinde project have done in my life,” concludes a jovial Mercy.

*The Nilinde Project helps promote family focused support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) through addressing household economic vulnerability, empowering caregivers to make investments to improve the health and well-being of OVC, facilitating access to essential services, and strengthening community-level OVC monitoring and support systems.

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