Mathare Youth Talented Organization

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Meet some of the women that have benefited from a loan to help their business

Caroline Atieno: sells vegetables and fish


Evelyn Odoyo: sells vegetables and anchovies

  •   She got a loan to start her business.
  •   “The loan changed my life, but the post-election violence set me behind again. Now I am doing better but I make my purchases on credit."


Florence Nyongesa: sells maize
  •  She has been in the maize business for four years. With the loan, she was able to expand her business and buy a bigger stove and pot. She sells maize that is grown in the fields outside of Mathare.


Silvia Koth: sells avocados, onions, and herbs

  •   She has been in the business for two years. She has used some of her loan to start this business, and some of the loan to pay for her children's school fees.
  • "It changed my life because my children go to school and I save from the profit earned in the vegetable stand."


Lillian Auma: sells ginger, garlic, peppers, lemons, and raw sugar

  • She has not had a loan yet but hopes to get one soon.
  • She has been in the business for three years and is hoping to expand her business to pay rent and her children’s school fees.



Iska Achieng: fries fish

  •  Iska has been in the fish frying business for ten years.
  • She has used her loan to expand her business and pay for school fees.

  • “The post-election violence set me behind because most of my things were looted during the riots in Mathare.”



Mary Achieng Omuok: sells kale and lettuce

  • She has been in the business for three years.
  • She has used her loan for expanding her business.

  • “The post-election violence set me behind. Now I’m trying to reorganize my business because all of my vegetables were stolen during the post-election violence. I am a single mother who has to pay school fees. If I can get a loan to expand my business, my kids can live a comfortable life. I sell all of my vegetables each day.”