Total loan: $575


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Kakuma, Turkana County, Kenya / Food

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A loan helped to purchase additional stock for the grocery shop.

Hussein's story

Hussein is a refugee, but more than he is a father of ten, a husband, and a skilled and experienced entrepreneur who owns and runs a retail grocery shop at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. The business is strategically located to serve both his fellow refugees and the host community, affordably.

Hussein fled the violence in his native home of Somalia in 2009 and after resettling at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, soon started the retail business. The business provides him with a stable source of income. 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 few years as a result of the ever-increasing demand for grocery and houseware items. The business has been able to employ two additional staff to help in its running.

Hussein was a beneficiary of a first loan from AEC which he used to expand the business into a second shop. He was able to successfully repay the loan with ease and is now looking to getting a subsequent loan in order to further increase working capital to enable him purchase additional stock for the store 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.