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HABARI ZENU?

MZURI SANA!
WHERE’S KENYA?
• Eastern Kenya-
Arabic Influence
Coastal
Desert

Central Kenya
Urban

• The Rift Valley


The Great Divide

• Western
Rural/Agricultural
Kenya Fast Facts
• British Colony until 1964

• 2! democratically(?) elected presidents

• Population is 33 million people

• 42 tribes and distinct languages

• Official language is English and Kiswahili


What is Sustainable
Economic Development?
Programs financed by investments that
generate measureable returns and ensure
continuation of project.
It is GRASSROOTS

 New Jobs
Making mosquito nets vs. donated nets

 New industries
Making paper from bagasse

 New technology
Creation of “outsourcing industry”
One solution is
Micro Finance..

• Micro loans
provide capital
for people to
start micro
enterprises.
How it Works
•Prescribed payback period at low interest rate

•Forced savings to collateralize the loan

•Loans guaranteed by borrower’s group


members

•High borrower repayment rates


Pros and....

 People are able to generate small income

Provides people with “employment”

Provides people with dignity


Cons
 Locks people into cycle of borrowing and repayment

 Restricts income potential

 Loan funds and resulting income are simply recycled


within the closed economy of their community

 85% of micro finance clients are women with


families
HAVE YOUR HEARD?

Educating girls is the single most


effective tool for creating sustainable
change

Why Girls?

Educating girls is a PROACTIVE solution

With education, girls can make good


choices before they are locked into the
cycle of poverty
LIKE WHAT?
 For every extra year of school she completes, she delays her
choice to marry by 5 years.

 She has fewer children and her children are more likely to go to
school

 for every year of schooling, infant mortality declines by 5–10% and


she is much more likely to have her children immunized

 HIV infection rates for girls are cut in half

 In Kenya, providing girls one extra year of education beyond the


average boosts their eventual wages by 30%
One Girl’s Life in Kenya in 2009
This is Sylvia Mmasi, Her mom and her five brothers and sisters live
in a tiny mud walled house with no electricity. Sylvia’s dad died of
AIDS a few years ago, and the family’s sole source of income is from
the sale of “changa”, a potent and illegal home brew her mom makes
and Sylvia sells when she isn’t at school. Inebriated customers
coming and going at all hours and the lack of fuel for the lantern
make it pretty difficult for Sylvia to complete her homework. In spite
of this, academically Sylvia is ranked 10th out of 127 students in her
class.

Ironically, Sylvia is one of the


luckier girls in Kakamega.
Challenges most girls in rural
Kenya face
• By the time Kenyan girls are 19 years old, 23% are
pregnant with their first child or are already mothers.
Thus, about half of the girls who have sex by age 18
get pregnant in the first year: that’s a quarter of all
Kenyan girls.

• Due to lack of reproductive education, these girls don’t


have any knowledge about the transmission of HIV,
resulting in a high rate of infection for girls under age
29;

• *By Age 15-19 3% girls are HIV positive


• *By Age 20-24 9% young women HV positive
• *By Age 25-29 13% women are HIV positive

• Girls in Kenya a 5 TIMES more likely to be HIV postive


than boys.
WHAT IS BEING DONE?

, a Chico based non profit, has joined


the fight. In Kakamega, Kenya, we provide educational
programs that create a throughout the
community. Our holistic programs teaches girls to make
new choices and to participate in the future economic
and political development of Kenya.

 Girl MPower Camps


 Girl MiniPower Camps
 Parent Training Seminars
 Math and Science Awards
 Gap year internships
 Female role models
YOU can HELP!
• Help us NETWORK with potential donors

• Sponsor a special event

• Monetary Donation…
Because of the ripple effect, JOP’s programs
actually increase the value of every
dollar we
receive. How?

Girls → Classmates → Neighbors → Parents



Communities → Country
Global Citizenship
Fighting poverty in developing countries is like eating an

We believe change starts with one person:

just one person who cares can help


just one person in need.

 www.just1person.org
ASANTE SANA

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KWAHERI!