Total loan: $850


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Kakuma, Turkana County, Kenya / Food

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A loan helped to add more grocery products for his business.

Abdoul's story

Abdoul is a refugee, but more than that, he is a father of two, a husband and a skilled and experienced entrepreneur. He owns and runs a grocery store at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. The business is strategically located to serve both refugees and the host community with affordable grocery and food items.

Abdoul and his family fled the violence in his native home of Burundi as a result of political instabilities and resettled at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in 2016. He soon started the grocery store business in 2017. To date, the business has gained a good reputation in the camp and has a strong base of loyal customers. The business has grown considerably over the past years as a result of the ever-increasing demand for affordable grocery and food items. The business has been able to employ four staff at the store to help in running the business.

Abdoul was the beneficiary of a first loan from AEC, which he used to expand the business premises as well as add on stock. He was able to successfully repay the loan on time and with ease. He is now looking to getting a subsequent loan in order to further increase working capital to enable him to purchase additional grocery stock to meet the demand at the camp. This will enable him continue providing the community with more options, and at the same time, continue providing a stable means of livelihood for his family.