Joyce Wairimu

Joyce Wairimu was one of the many victims of tribal clashes of 1992 in the Molo District of Kenya. Joyce describes the clashes as very bad—children were killed, houses were burned. She fled her farm in Molo with her five children and was forced to leave behind everything. She was a refugee in her own country. Like many others in her situation, she ended up begging in the streets of Nairobi. “I had nothing except God.”

She learned of Jamii Bora from other members and was encouraged to join. She started with a loan equivalent to US$25, and planting peas and beans and maize, and she did clothes-washing for paying customers. Now, seven years and 11 loans later, Joyce and her sons have built up a “business empire” in the slum of Soweto Kayole. Joyce and her sons are running a successful video show nicely organized as a cinema, and two restaurants. They have also established a mobile catering service distributing lunches to schools, and the latest family business is a production of soft drinks.

The family is earning good money and has 62 employees from the community. Joyce has encouraged and inspired hundreds of desperate people to join Jamii Bora and get out of poverty.

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