Kiambu is a microcosm of Kenya’s inequality. While the County could be home to some of the richest persons it is also home to some of the poorest. KFSE’s work in Kiambu will provide a template for our work elsewhere.
Our work takes a social justice and human rights framework, but is very much informed by social development and financial research. We are aware that individuals and families constantly oscillate in and out of poverty at various times/periods in their lives. For some people however, poverty can become cycling - it is for this group that KFSE hopes to provide interventions to break the cycle.
Our approach is research driven. While we believe that people know what is best for them, and are very patient with suggested solutions by the people we work with, we also engage in research to determine whether these solutions provide the most optimal intervention to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Our approach is principally aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and returning beneficiaries into the social and financial mainstream. Our interventions then, take a myriad of forms; we provide capital injection into micro-enterprises as a first step to individuals and families joining the mainstream micro-finance schemes. The most common form of intervention however, is village-based training meetings, and financial counselling on how individuals and families can use the available resources to raise themselves from poverty and sustain that status.