Financial Stability Accomplishments
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In Kenya, two of the greatest impediments to financial stability are the structure of the economy and the lack of consumer protections. Corporate jobs often come with a house and car. Government jobs are so low paying that many employees wind up taking bribes to make ends meet. The two careers that traditionally ensure economic independence for women in the U.S. (nursing and teaching) are two of the lowest paid jobs in Kenya. And if you fall behind on a bill, seizure of all your personal possessions and hefty ongoing collection fees are your fate. No consumer bankruptcy protection exists here. With the high cost of living and extremely low wages for most rural Kenyans, anything beyond food and shelter is considered a luxury. Our work toward Financial Stability in the past has mainly focused on putting out fires and attempting to increase earning power (through the establishment and support of schools, getting Naomi’s nursing license reinstated and obtaining health insurance (surprisingly affordable in Kenya, and covers pretty much everything – $67/year for a family of 6!). We chose not to travel to Kenya for nearly a decade, so that every available dollar could be used to keep the children in school and pay down medical debts after the twins were born.
Where Your Donation Goes
Financial stability begins with making changes to reduce food and household costs and increase revenue from the sales of produce and animal products. Our sustainable farming, animal husbandry and homestead gardening projects are all increasing self-sufficiency. Egg sales alone for October, for example, generated $160. We can become profitable once we’ve installed secure fencing around the homestead so chickens can roam freely. This eliminates chicken feed costs and allows room to purchase additional egg-laying chickens. Installing indoor plumbing with instant electric hot water shower heads, reduces the cost and pollution of heating water outside using charcoal or wood. Personal reusable water bottles, and a $6 “water pump” for a 5-gallon water bottle, eliminate the expense and plastic waste of single-serving water bottles. Since early 2019, we’ve also been back in Kenya, establishing workable household and project budgets with our family members. We review actual income and expenses, determine break even and profitability, and teach strategic ways to examine ways to make potential expenses more cost effective. We’re expanding our agriculture work, building a Kenya-based inspirational book translation and publishing business, and increasing the earning power of families by securing visa for family members to come work short term in the U.S.
Give a MEANING-FULL Gift for Kenyans or you!
Buy "gifts" directly for our Kenyan families - like a goat, school supplies, a toilet, a mattress, solar panels, water filters, ballet lessons, swim classes - even school tuition. Buy copies of the Swahili version of "Giving Thanks" or "Lessons in Truth" for us to distribute in Kenya and pay our translators. Or grab a copy of George's book, "Forward Ever, Backward Never" for yourself.
Your "Trash" Is a Kenyan Family's TREASURE
Got used smartphone, tablet and chargers, gently used shoes, suits, ties, dresses, blouses, skirts, and unopened lotion, soap, shampoo, vitamins, supplements, sheets and pillowcases, educational, DIY or children's books? Our Kenyan families can put them to great use!