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Sep 26, 2016 8:06 AM ET

Archived: Caroline – Tinganga Village Creations: A loan supports a women-owned business that expands economic opportunity in Tinganga, Kenya

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2016


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Caroline’s story

I was born and raised in the village of Tinganga, in Eastern Kenya with my parents & 8 siblings. Tinganga is 80 kilometers (160 miles) from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and has a population of 15,000. I was raised on a 70 acre farm where my family grew corn, beans, sweet potatoes, pigeon peas, cassava roots & we had dairy cows, goats, sheep, donkeys & chickens. I am still on that farm today. I love the farm. It is part of me. I am so energized by it. I went through community training to be a midwife when I was 24 years old. I midwifed for 25 years and attended an uncountable number of births. I loved it, but it is a hard job. In 1980 our group of 20 women used to contribute small amounts of money and at the end of each moth we presented the contributions to one of the group members. Later we sat down and thought the money was not helping much, so we started to use the contributions to purchase chickens. We sold them back to enable ourselves to get more money for our children’s education, medication and also to buy food & materials to create our beautiful crafts in wood, jewely, baskets, and sculptures. What has motivated me is a great love for my community. I see the value of helping raise the people out of poverty. 

This loan is special because:

It supports a women-owned business that expands economic opportunity in Tinganga, Kenya.

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Business Description

Tinanga Village Creations started in 1980 with 20 women who contributed to a monthly fund, with funds being presented to one woman at the end of the month. It evolved into the contributions being used to buy materials to weave sisal baskets (tall green fibers on the outside of the plant, and white fibers inside) & buy chickens & goats & sheep. This was successful, and expanded to include different types of handcrafts, such as wood carvings for the making of beautiful wooden bowls. With the help of the men who cut & shaped the figures like animals, statues, as well as salad spoons, the women would do finishing work. We weave the sisal baskets and also make beautiful jewelry using bones from livestock, cows, goats and sheep after the meat has been eaten. The last time I came to visit in the US I brought items with me on behalf of the groups. I sell them at the fairs, and have been selling wares for 10 years. I attend several during the summer and the funds I collect go back to the Tinganga village in Kenya. So our request for the funds shall enable us as villagers to expand our small businesses, come out from poverty from the increasing production of the handicrafts and livestock, and give good education to our children as well as clothing and keep them healthy. So thank you. Here is the breakdown of how the funds will be spent. Materials for handcrafts Ksh (Shilling) 250,000 ($2466) (1 Kenyan Shilling equals 0.0099 US dollars) 4 cows @ Ksh 50,000 ($500 each) ($2000) 200 chickens @ Ksh 200 each = Ksh 40,000 ($400) Total ~ Ksh 489,000 = $5,000 Thank you and God bless you!

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will help us expand our business of 10 years from 10 to 16 employees, providing materials for jewelry and wood crafts as well as making the purchase possible for cows, rabbits, chickens & goats/ sheep that provide livelihood for 16 families. The loan also provides business training & workshops for the women in these fields. The loan of course would provide a higher standard of living for the whole family, impacting the community in a powerful way by raising families out of poverty.

About Tinganga Village Creations

Industry: Arts
Years in operation: More than 5 years

A loan of $5,000 helps me to hire more women & expand purchase of materials for crafts & agriculture.

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