When Ingrid accepted a two year African invitation for the Africa Housing Fund staying in the position for 11 years, setting up the foundation which became Jamii Bora and the herculean feats which followed must have been very hard to see.
Ingrid’s affinity for the poor lead to the establishment of the Jamii Bora Trust. It created a deep and responsive collaboration intially with a famous “first fifty”. It has now created help and hope for hundreds of thousands of individuals. For some this has been life-changing.
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Janet is one of the original “famed fifty”. She trained as a teacher and fell upon hard times. She was on the streets for many years. As part of the initial group she agreed to go through a process of rehabilitation and training during – learning or relearning basic skills that had been lost during their years of extreme poverty.
Janet is a powerful voice for women’s leadership and micro-finance seeing through to many’s potential the closeness people can have, despite dire circumstances, to start the climb out of impoverishment.
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Esther Wanjiku Kanotha
Esther lost everything in the post-election violence. As one of the “famous fifty” she played an important role during that crisis and in the rebuilding and reconciliation process that followed. She is a living example of this – forgiving the people who destroyed her home and her livelihood.
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