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  • Jan 16, 2017
  • by PACIDA

LAISAMIS SUB-COUNTY – A story of Self Reliance and Determination

  “I previously had a small kiosk where I used to make very minimal profit. At that time, I was struggling financially, my marriage was in shambles, at the same time, my son who is in secondary school could be sent home for lack of school fees one too many times. I had many competing needs and was in dire need financially”, says the 37-year old single mother of three, Ms Ngesino Leinte.

PACIDA’s Sustainable Development Programme amongst others aims to establish local entrepreneurial capacity for women for sustained spread of the savings-group model beyond the funding period. PACIDA, a local NGO through Misereor issued grants to 15 women umbrella groups through out Marsabit County in a bid to empower women financially and encouraging them to embrace the culture of savings and lending for sustainable livelihoods. She almost giving up, heard that their Salamis Women Group were issuing loans through a grant from PACIDA.

She could not believe it and knew this was her time to bounce back hard. She immediately rushed to the group officials and requested for KES.15, 800. Around the same time, February 2016, it happened that a local ECD school which operates only on Saturdays was sourcing for a food supplier. She applied for it and thankfully was able to get.   A blissful Ngesino says, “on a monthly basis, I could supply 100 kg of green grams, 80 kg of rice, 32 kg of flour and 12 kg of sugar. In my shop also, I added more stock and could make so much profit from my two sources of income.”

“Since then, my life has hugely improved, socially and even financially. My son is now a form-four candidate at a school in Nanyuki and performs exceptionally well in school and so do my other children who are in primary school since they have mental stability  and can concentrate in class. I have also started rearing poultry and sell eggs, thanks to PACIDA, says a perky Ngesino.