How the Fund is Helping

The Fund’s economic empowerment programme aims to enable people with disabilities to establish and grow their own businesses.

Case Study 1

In 2005 a group of physically disabled people in Hurumu slum, Nairobi founded the Physically Disabled Technicians of Kenya. Vendors, shoe shine, technical persons, artists and other service providers came together to for mutual support to improve their businesses.

“We used to have a merry-go-round but using funds from NCPWD we have been able to start a revolving fund. We give members a loan of between KSh 4500 – 10 000 which they repay with 1% interest. They have been able to stabilize their businesses and increase their stock. The group has become more cohesive and the extra income has improved the lives of people’s families.”

Shoe Shine Business

The organisation has gone from strength to strenghth and now has centers in CBD, Thindigua, Waithaka, Dandora, Huruma/ Mathare and includes members include mothers with children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, hearing and visual impairments.

Case Study 2

Janet

Before she received support from the fund, Janet felt like the community had rejected her because of the myths connected to people with disability, but now she says her self-esteem has increased.

“I feel like I’m like other people. I run a small kiosk and when I’m there people have time for me, we chat and I feel like one of the community.”

“My kiosk is very important to my life, but before this workshop, I didn’t know how to plan, how to keep records. I wasn’t sure how much money I made from my kiosk. I was just doing business for the sake of it, but from tomorrow I will start records and give things the right prices. I’ve learnt how to take the next step up.” -Janet Kiraya, Mbale, Western Province.

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Case Study 3

“People in my community have started to call me teacher and it has given me the strength and confidence to do more and more with my group.”

Lucy Nkatha has a physical disability and has her leg supported by callipers. She is a member of a women’s self help group and has recently become a NDFPWD community-based trainer in Meru, Eastern Province.

Lucy says that people don’t know a lot about running small businesses, but once you give them the skills they realise how much they need this knowledge and

Training Workshop

how much of a difference it can make to their lives.

Training is a waste of time when people come and go away. Nothing changes. But I can see real differences that my training makes to people’s businesses in my community.

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Case Study 4

Mombasa Development for the Disabled Initiative received Ksh 600,000 from the Fund in 2011. They started the project by securing premises at Ndoho Market Building, Ganjoni Estate, Mombasa.

“We opened the business on 11th July 2011 and so far 8 Members are actively involved in the day to day running of the business.

They plan to secure places in town where the rest of their members would be selling their wares. “We have taken samples to institutions to secure corporate sales and we hope to show case our wares at the upcoming trade fair in Mombasa.” –Anthony Odhiambo, Chairman

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