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IT IS ONLY COURAGE that keeps you going Another problem is being a woman. In Mombasa, we face more hurdles in business. We get harassed on the street which is frustrating and difficult to deal with. We get told to move and have to pay taxes which don’t exist; corruption here is very bad. There are also some cases where husbands are jealous of their wife’s success. They fear their wife could cheat if she is financially independent. Luckily, we have a strong community which runs a welfare group for women. This is where I learned about the Kuza business training programme. I thought I would not qualify because I was uneducated, but it turns out the training was actually for people like me. The Kuza scheme helped me determine profit and loss and taught me how best to manage my savings. Before I used to just sell homemade pastries, but now I have diversified my produce.

By learning how to run a business, people like me have more chance of building a proper business: raising finance, getting insured, making contacts with bigger businesses, being protected from illegal taxes and being able to negotiate better with wholesalers.

I don’t want to just survive, I want security & success.

www.thekuzaproject.org

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