FUND A PROJECT
One way to get involved with Kipsongo and make a lasting impact on the life of a child or woman entrepreneur, is to select a student or entrepreneur whose story touches you and to help fund his/her education or microenterprise.
The women we work with are bright and determined but lack the funds needed to start a business. Because they lack collateral, formal banks refuse to loan them money. So although they are hardworking and have creative ideas for businesses, they lack the financial resources required to start businesses. Funding one of these woman's businesses is a great way to make a huge impact on her life. She will be able to use money earned from her business to pay school fees for her children, take her children to the doctor when they get sick, and expand her business.
Alternatively, donors may help a child accomplish their dream of attending school by raising money for school fees. The Kipsongo Project sends promising students from Kipsongo Slum and surrounding villages to top caliber schools and provides them with school supplies and mentoring to help keep them on track. Many of the students in our programs perform at the top of their respective classes and have ambitious goals for further education and careers. By supporting one of these students you can help them reach these goals.
Christine is currently in 2nd grade and is excelling in school. Last report card, she was ranked 3rd in her class. Christine lives with her aunt and has many responsibilities and has dealt with many hardships at such a young age. Christine's school fees next year will be approximately $200.
Mariam, pictured with some of her children, recently received a dairy cow as part of our economic empowerment program. She is currently selling milk at a local market and is sending some of her children to school with the proceeds. She wishes to expand her farming venture and purchase chickens so that she can also sell eggs at the market and pay for her other children's school fees with the proceeds. Mariam's poultry project needs $150 in start-up funding.
Diana is a standout student in grade 8. She was ranked 2nd in a class of nearly 40 students last term. She will be taking a test similar to the SAT which will determine which high schools she is accepted to. She has been scoring well enough to test into some of the top high schools in the country on practice exams. If she scores this well on the real exam, her school fees next year will be approximately $700. Diana is exceptional at math and aspires to be an architect or doctor.
Alice is a standout student despite having changed schools numerous times. She is currently ranked 1st in her 4th grade class. She excels in math and science and aspires to become a doctor (a rare feat for a woman in Kenya!) when she grows up. Alice's school fees for next year will be approximately $300.
Margaret was the first woman to access a microloan from The Kipsongo Project. She opened a kiosk in Kipsongo selling essential items such as sugar, flour, and soap. Margaret has since repaid her loan and accessed additional loans to expand her business. She has repaid each of these loans. She is currently looking for another loan so that she can move her business to a bigger kiosk at a local market. Margaret needs a loan of $150 to pay the first month's rent and expand her offerings.
Patricia is a truly inspiring young woman. An orphan, she approached us asking if we would support her and send her to high school. We agreed and, four years later, she is set to graduate high school in August. Patricia hopes to continue her studies and proceed to university in the fall - certainly the first in her family to do so, if not the first in all of Kipsongo! We are hoping to find Patricia a sponsor, or a group of sponsors, to send her to university - a cost of about $2,000 a year.
Freddy is one of the most enthusiastic students in our program. He is always the first student to show up at our after school study hall and loves going over his homework with the program's academic tutor. He also really loves to dance. In study hall. His school fees next year will be approximately $200.
Jane is one of the Project's talented jewelers. While she has lived in Kipsongo her whole life, she has relatives who live in nearby Cherangani where there is some of the most fertile land in Kenya. Jane wises to rent an acre of land from her relatives and grow maize, beans, and tomatoes. Not only will she be able to feed her children from these crops, she can also sell excess crops at a nearby market for income. Jane needs $400 to lease the land, plant, fertilize, and harvest the crops.
Rael continues to impress all of us at The Kipsongo Project. When she started in school she was not performing well. She was shy and intimidated and it took her a while to adjust. She has improved her grades each term and is now happy and proud to show up at our study hall after school every day and show us her school work. Rael was ranked 2nd in her class last term - a drastic improvement from when she first started. Rael's school fees next year will be approximately $200.