A loan of $5,000 helped a member purchase of a van to help transport farm produce to the market.

Runyenjes Community Based Distributors Group's story

Runyenjes CBD (community-based distributors) group with 40 registered members was started in 1996 with the mission to distribute contraceptives, provide health education, and go on home visits. Meeting monthly on the hospital grounds, they share their experiences and problems in the field and try to find solutions. They are being helped by the Runyenjes Hospital staff that has provided information about family planning issues and also supplied them with contraceptives. Other partners of the Runyenjes group include the Ministry of Health and numerous other organizations, such as the Chogoria Hospital CBD. In 2001, Kisumu Medical & Education Trust sponsored updates and trainings on a number of key issues, including family planning, the Community Based Abortion Care Project (COBAC), as well as first-aid and home-based care. KMET have been supplying the group with contraceptives as well as Nutriflour which they distribute to the community. The community truly appreciates the services KMET is offering through their partnerships. KMET has also empowered the group's members through its loans. Consequently, Runyenjes group's members have improved their living standards and health status as well as the severity of poverty in the community. The members are motivated and have been able to reach more clients with family planning services. The area where the group provides its services is agriculturally rich, and the main economic activity and source of income is farming. It is the case also for the members of Runyenjes group - 90% of them grow various crops ranging from tea and coffee, to maize and bananas. The produce, especially bananas grown in large amounts, is transported to Nairobi, 200 km away. A lot of money is spent on hiring a truck to transport the produce to the market for sale. The Runyenjes group is therefore asking for a loan of US$5,000 to help them pay for part of the distribution van cost so as to make product distribution easier and less costly.

In this group: Rose, Ester, Abishagi, Beatrice, Lilian, Emily, Elizabeth, Margaret, Grace, Jacinta, Silas, Anisia, Ester, Joyce, Alexander, Ezra, Mary, Jane, Jemimah, Antony, Eudecia, Rose, Beras, Truphosa, Joyce, Samuel, Beatrice, Vasilia, Lucia, Lilian, Margaret, Samson, Virginia*, Judith*, Mary*, Ester*, Margaret*, Mary*, Stanley*, Rose*
*not pictured

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