PROMOTING EDUCATION AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES IN AFRICA’S LARGEST SLUM, KIBERA, THROUGH FR. JIM KARAFFA BUSINESS ACADEMY FOR WOMEN
Fr. Jim Karaffa Business Academy for women is based in Kibera. It was founded by the late Fr. Jim Karaffa (American), Edel Quinn Odongo from Kenya who is the operations manager and the office of students affairs at the University of Notredame in USA in 2004.
The group initiated the programme above so as to participate
effectively in emancipating poor women in the Kibera slum and beyond from the Abyss and trap of degradation and poverty to a higher splendour of dignity and prosperity. The Academy offers a three years education program including four months internship period where poor women in the slum are attached to the middle class Business women, and the women in the slum are also empowered to run successful businesses.After working for street children and street mothers on the streets of Nairobi and eventually working in various slums of Nairobi, for over twelve years, Edel concluded that the only way to solve the problems of the needy children and the poor women was by empowering each of the poor women holistically,first by changing mindsets through a series of workshops and eventually empowering them economically.
The organizational vision is “Empower a Kenyan Woman save the country”.
*The Kibera Women at a meeting in the Kibera Slum.
The Jim Karaffa Business Academy (JKBAW) is an independent entity created to encourage the holistic development, economic empowerment and spiritual maturity of the women who reside in Kibera. This revolutionary academic endevour is based on religious principles and positive values of traditional and modern African Culture. These values will guide JKBAW as it pursues innovative workshops, small group participation, leadership development, collaborative endevours, contemporary business instruction and lending schemes. We value the human person and want to place emphasis on the African woman in poverty.
*The above picture shows Pamela Luptop an IDHA lecturer during a workshop, where she lectured to the kibera women at the Mary Ward Centre in Nairobi Kenya.
*Sacinta Ndegi (in blue) at her internship with a fashion designer, Sarafina (in track suit).
*Isabella Nuanchama (in apron) with her supervisor. She completed her internship after four months at this supermarket.
The Knights of Columbus and The student International Business council from Notredame University were funding Education and also The HISG (Humanitarian International Services Group) through Tim Cross was funding small businesses of the women in Kibera and so far that has worked well and now we have some of the successful business women in the organization out of the slum. Some of the successful women include. And currently the women businesses are being funded by KIVA a California-based organization (kiva.org) we are lacking an organization to fund capacity building (workshops) for the Kibera women.
* The Kibera women at their their graduation ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Professors and Alumina from Notre Dame University from the US.
FLORAH MUHONJA ~ BUSINESS – BEAUTY PRODUCTS SHOP AND WATER
*Florah Muhonja sells beauty products at her kiosk in Ayany area. Florah also sells water to the Kibera residents from her water tank.
BUSINESS LOAN AND GOAL
Florah would like to request for $1,250 to expand her beauty products from a kiosk to a wholesale shop and also purchase a larger water tank to sell more water and hence earn more income.
With the businesses Florah currently operates, she has enabled herself to move out of the Kibera slum to a middle class neighbourhood at Ayany Estate and she is able to meet all the basic needs of her family, which are education, health and domestic needs. Florah says that if given a bigger capital in future she can expand her business and eventually live the Kenyan dream of owning her own farm in the country to settle with her family.
MARGARET BUSOLO ~ BUSINESS – SECOND HAND CLOTHING AND FOOD SALES
*Margaret Busolo sells both food sales and secondhand clothing in separate places. She also travels to the middle class neighbourhoods to sell her products.
BUSINESS LOAN AND GOALS
Margaret Busolo is asking for a bigger loan to put up a bigger shop in the middle class business area where she can sell at higher prices for a greater profit.
Margaret Busolo has moved out of the Kibera slum and into a middle class neighbourhood. As Margaret business grows she looks forward to paying schoolfees for her children and buying a house for her family.
Upon repayment of their first loan each woman is entitled to a second loan at double the amount of the first loan. If this second loan is repaid the women are entitled to a third loan at double the amount of the second loan and so forth. JKBAW does have a few women who are currently on their third loan.
When all is said and done, there is hope that the Academy will empower many of the women in the Kibera slum depending on availability of funds. Many women have ideas of how to get out of poverty but they just lack academic and economic empowerment to enable them. The empowerment of the women in the Kibera slums will eradicate problems of prostitution, orphans, street children, child laborers, commercial sex workers mul-practices, the spread of HIV/AIDS and above all poverty.
The contact person is
Edel Quinn odongo