New Lending in Kenya

A new Export Credit Facility and Term Loan has been approved for handicraft group Bega Kwa Bega, based in Korogocho, one of Nairobi’s largest slums.  Bega Kwa Bega is a Kiswahili expression meaning shoulder to shoulder. The goup was founded in 1991 with the help from the Catholic Church in Korogocho to help rehabilitate girls and women rescued from the streets.  Bega Kwa Bega works with 4 groups which are split into product types – baskets, jewellery, dolls, and tye-dye fabric.  Each group has 2 leaders who are democraticaly elected every year and who represent their groups along with an overall project coordinator.

Currently Bega Kwa Bega have limited resources for their production meaning they are unable to welcome any new girls or women who have been rescued from the streets into the group.  However, provision of the Term Loan from Shared Interest will help Bega Kwa Bega to purchase further sewing machines and other equipment required for production therefore enabling the groups to welcome new girls and women into the group and increase production.

More information about Bega Kwa Bega at www.begakwabega.com

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