Total loan: $925


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Kakuma, Turkana County, Kenya / Food

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A loan helped to purchase additional grocery and food items to stock for the store.

Hassan's story

Hassan is a refugee of Somali descent living at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. More than that, he is a father of eight, a husband, and a skilled and experienced entrepreneur who owns and runs a grocery food store at the camp. His business is strategically and conveniently located to serve both his fellow refugees and the host community and he is also a certified World Food Programme food merchant for the refugees.

He and his family fled the violence in his native home as a result of political instabilities in 1988 and, after resettling at the camp, he saved up and started the business in 2010 as a means of providing for his family. He has become well-known within the camp and the business has gained a good reputation and continues to amass a strong base of loyal customers. The store additionally provides a means of livelihood to two employees who help in its running.

Hassan actively and successfully underwent AEC’s business training program focused on financial management and increasing sales. He was able to apply the skills acquired from the training in running the business, which now boasts improved cashflows and efficiency.

He is now looking to get a loan to increase his working capital to enable him to purchase additional grocery and food items to stock for the store. This will enable him to continue providing the community with more consumption options and, at the same time, allow him to continue providing a better life for his family.