Total loan: $750


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Kakuma 1, Turkana County, Kenya / Food

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A loan helped to increase inventory for his grocery store.

Yassin's story

Yassin is a refugee, but more than that, he is a father of four, a husband, and a skilled, seasoned, and experienced entrepreneur who owns and runs a grocery store at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Yassin's business is strategically positioned to serve both his fellow refugees and the host community with affordable grocery and food items.

Yassin and his family fled the violence in his native home of South Sudan as a result of political instability, and they resettled in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. Yassin started the business in 2011, and to date, it 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. Yassin has even been able to employ one staff member to help run the business.

Yassin benefited from an initial loan with AEC, which he used to add stock to the store. Yassin successfully repaid the loan with ease and is now looking to obtain a subsequent loan. This loan will increase Yassin's working capital, enabling him to purchase additional grocery stock to meet the demand at the camp. Therefore, he will be able to continue providing the community with more options, and at the same time, continue providing a stable livelihood for his family.