Salomé - KEEF

Salomé is a borrower from KEEF Kenya, an innovative emerging microfinance institution serving women and youth throughout Nairobi, Kenya.

Salomé is originally from Tanzania but lives in the Kenyan village of Rongai, which is about 40 kilometers from Nairobi. She relocated to Kenya after marrying a Kenyan man and dropping out of high school when she was 16 years old to care for her first child.  When Salomé arrived in Kenya it was difficult for her to find a job as she had not finished school. She missed her home country as the young family struggled financially.

Salomé was frustrated by asking the husband for money to care for the household needs. After being introduced to microfinance by a neighbor she knew that it was an opportunity to start her own business, reconnect with her home country and improve the lives of her children.  She joined the Kenya Entrepreneurship Empowerment Foundation (KEEF), a high potential microfinance institution that supports initiatives that promote women and youth empowerment through microcredit. With an initial loan of 6,000 Kenyan shillings (US$ 73), Salomé imported Tanzanian fabric to sell to women making “vitenges,” a modernized traditional attire for African women. Additional loans have helped her expand the business and increase the stock, and now she is able to keep pay her children’s school fees and take care of their needs.

Salomé’s business continues to grow due to microcredit loans. With a loan of 50,000 Kenyan Shillings (US$ 614) she plans to realize her dream of opening a fabric shop that sells the products of her home country.