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One of the Samro Polytechnic students in the tailoring classroom. With clothing made by students hanging on the wall.

4 new grants. 4 thank you letters.

One of the best parts of my job is when I get to email grant partners and let them know that the Spirit in Action Board of Directors has approved their requests for funds. I work closely with each grassroots organization to understand, prepare, and refine their proposal, so it’s always a joy to tell […]

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Jamarose Onyango is the treasurer for the SIA merry-go-round savings group in Nairobi. She translated from the local language into English for us.

Business is Booming in Nairobi

I wrote a few weeks ago about adapting to the challenges of starting small businesses in the slums of Nairobi. Slums are crowded spaces with temporary structures that people live in permanently. And they are also places brimming with shops, stalls, and roadside hawkers. This week Wambui Nguyo, our local coordinator in Nairobi, sent an […]

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A boy, a son of a SBF partner, plays with a tire, running and pushing it along the courtyard of Josephine's compund in Korogocho.

Learning to work in the city

What’s your image of where people live in Kenya? In crowded, polluted slums? In huts on savannahs? Even though about two-thirds of Kenyans live in rural areas, more than 1.5 million people live in informal settlements around Nairobi. Spirit in Action works with partners in the slums, in the rural areas, and in emerging “in-between […]

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Meanly’s Family Farm

It was still morning on July 10th and we were already visiting our fourth Small Business Fund (SBF) family in Manyamula Village, Malawi. The morning started with me, Boyd (SIA Advisory Board member), and Canaan Gondwe (local SIA SBF Coordinator) in the truck, along with our driver, Mr. Mango. By the time we reached Chisomo Place, […]

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New businesses leaders “over the moon” in Nairobi

The five new groups in Nairobi, Kenya that received SIA Small Business Fund (SBF) grants weren’t just pleased, “they were ‘over the moon’” says Wambui Nguyo, SIA SBF local coordinator. “They said it seemed like a dream, especially when I confirmed it wasn’t a loan and they wouldn’t pay back!” Each group of three people […]

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