The archdiocese of Nairobi has run a Microfinance programme for over 30 years with an emphasis on savings and credit. The Self Help Progamme exists to empower people economically while ensuring that those who live in poverty, particularly vulnerable women and children, are served in mind and spirit.
Microfinance institutions throughout Kenya and the developing world are providing small loans to the poor for self-employment and proving to be a sustainable strategy in the fight against poverty.
The archdiocese of Nairobi Microfinance Progamme is based on the SACCO model , the self-help programme has over 190 active groups and is presently in over 90 parishes within the Archdiocese of Nairobi. The programme has a membership of over 120, 000 members with the majority of beneficiaries being women, small-scale entrepreneurs, farmers and traders.
By providing households with easy access to credit, adequate training and instilling the importance of saving, the programme enables families to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes, pay their childrens’ school fees, build homes and access health care.