One of the main reasons for my most recent trip to Kenya was to invite two new women to BADALA’s microfinance program. This program started as a way to bring single mothers out of prostitution, abusive relationships, and life on the street, but it has now become a way for these women to recover from the aforementioned and start their own businesses through skills training, basic accounting and marketing seminars, and career counseling.
Given the mission of the program and the strong relational ties of the group, I realized that hiring new people could upset such a delicate balance. Just a few weeks ago Paul (BADALA’s Regional Director) and I conducted interviews and were proud to select Helen and Caroline from the crowd and they’ve been great additions to the team.
Allow me to introduce you to the newest additions to the BADALA family, Helen and Caroline.
During the interview I asked Helen what one of her weaknesses is. She told me that at times she could be easily angered by social injustice. I think this is going to give us a lot to talk about.
Caroline was born in Kibera and lost both of her parents at an early age. This tragedy only allowed her to continue school until third grade, but education is something she really desires for her children. She is working hard inside and outside of BADALA to make sure she secures this privilege for her six little tykes.