Where We Work Kenya
Get facts about poverty in Kenya and learn how we empower its people to work their way out of poverty and build a safety net for the future.
Opportunity started working in Kenya in 2006. The need for stable financial structures became increasingly apparent as the country faced violence and significant political unrest following the disputed presidential elections in December 2007. Opportunity quickly responded to this crisis by establishing the Kenya Emergency Fund, a $1 million fund that has helped clients rebuild their lives.
Today, we work with Kenyan partners who offer a range of products and services to help clients meet the challenges of building and running businesses sustainably, including:
Financial Literacy Training: In 2012, we partnered with Citi Foundation to launch a series of financial literacy training modules on DVDs covering personal and business growth topics.
Education loan products: According to USAID, nearly one million Kenyan children do not attend primary school, and only one quarter of the youth are enrolled in secondary school. Our education programme provides school fee loans that help parents fund their children’s education through assistance with educational expenses such as tuition, books and uniforms.
Mobile phone banking: Our Kenya programme began piloting loan repayments using mobile phones at the Kawangware branch in Nairobi in 2011. This service brings clients increased convenience, flexibility and security, and aims to increase security by eliminating the need for clients and loan officers to carry cash to Trust Group meetings.