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Hope in Kenya

Dennis Kiprop trains the new business owners to provide basic entrepreneurial skills.

Our new, enthusiastic SIA Small Business Fund coordinator in Kenya, Dennis Kiprop, recently shared his excitement with me about the new businesses he is guiding and training. The first 2 businesses he has coordinated in Eldoret, Kenya have now been in operation for one year – and they continue to flourish – providing the groups with hope for the future and school uniforms for their children.

Now, instead of repaying SIA for the small business grant, the groups are “paying it forward” by giving potato seeds and sharing the knowledge they have gained to a new group, so that they can start another business! The love of SIA continues to spread!

“I am sure by now all the seven groups in Kenya must have learned how to run a small business, utilize the available resources, and serving other people in the community! I know the two groups appreciate the impact and would want others to experience the same.

I realized that environment for learning is multiplied every time a group experiences the process of spending ,producing ,marketing, accounting and reinvesting back their resources, enables them to have a common ground of growing and even sharing the gift becomes a blessing. I am glad that all the groups are continuing and the team spirit “to work hard together to succeed” is still in them and love to share with the community at large.

A new business owner in Kenya tends her chickens.

A new business owner in Kenya tends her chickens.

Dennis continues: “I must honestly say SIA has taught me and everyday I find a new meaning growing, learning oneself, and letting God have his way in me. And before sending any report or updates to SIA, I take time to pray and seek God’s help. It becomes easier, brings joy and feeling his Holy Spirit within me.”

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