Author Archives: Margaret Meredith

Sujali goes from strength to strength

Post written by Mary Kiguru and Mike Calvert Five months on from the last post that celebrated 7 years of Sujali, I’m pleased to report that the group of women … and men now … is growing and thriving. Let’s begin with the founder members, Alice, Susan and Jacinta. Alice continues to expand her egg… Read More »

Sujali at 7

Post written by Mary Kiguru & Mike Calvert June 2019 What is there not to like about micro-finance? As we’ve said before, it’s a gift that just keeps on giving. From a modest investment and with careful stewardship, the pot must have doubled and the amounts borrowed get bigger and bigger. Sujali, the name the group… Read More »

Sujali is 6!

From Mary Kiguru, Creator and Co-ordinator of Sujali and Mike Calvert, York St John University, UK. The micro-finance project, supporting women entrepreneurs in Nairobi, has continued to develop and this month celebrates its sixth birthday. We are celebrating with cakes for the women (and two men now) and, as well as highlighting news from the… Read More »

Sujali almost 6 years old

By Mary Kiguru who leads the Sujali women In June 2018, Sujali will be celebrating its 6th birthday. The organisation has come a long way from its beginnings with 3 women entrepreneurs and a small sum of £500 (KES66,000). A number of the women are growing their businesses, some quite dramatically. Grace, for example, is… Read More »

Sujali celebrates its 5th birthday

By Mary Kiguru who has led the Sujali self-help group since the start Last month I was able to meet the Sujali women who were free and have a meal with them during a visit by Mike Calvert. Understandably, not all could leave their work and meet with us. The news is positive with a… Read More »

Update on Sujali self-help group, Nairobi

By Mike Calvert who has been working with the Sujali women from the start almost five years ago Readers of this blog will be used to following the stories of ‘Chicken Alice’, as Mary calls her who has built new accommodation for the chickens and continues to thrive, of Jacinta with a ‘hotel’, Daisy the… Read More »

Latest news from Sujali

By Joy Gaki, one of the Mary Kiguru’s KeMU students who has been working with the Sujali women on their business skills. The photos show a picture of Elizabeth’s new hairdressing seat and Jacinta’s café. (July 2016) Three years since it was set up, the Sujali Self Help group is getting stronger each day. I… Read More »

Half a million and counting …

The latest report from Mike Calvert on a recent visit to Nairobi. The facts were supplied by Mary  Kiguru and taken from her annual report. Sujali Self Help Group in less than three years has gone from an initial investment of KES66,000 (£500) to over KES500,000 (almost £4000) thanks to further contributions, interest payments and… Read More »

The icing on the cake: more stories from Nairobi

This is the latest blog from Mary Kiguru who manages the Sujali Self-Help Group of women entrepreneurs in Nairobi. She wrote this in December and it fills in some of the gaps from the previous entry sent following Mike Calvert’s visit in late November. See more posts about the Group and their work with microcredits… Read More »

Erasmus Mundus Social and Solidarity Economy Conference: Personal experience and insights

Following the recent conference about social enterprise and cross-sector collaboration at York St John University, UK, here are some reflections from participant Sorina Antonescu. This will be the first of several posts which report on and draw out themes of the conference. The conference video can be seen here. Information about the presentations, round tables, the social… Read More »

Stop press: Daisy’s pregnant again

An update on Sujali, the Nairobi women’s group of entrepreneurs involved in micro-finance. The group met at a local hotel and the photo captures seven of the group with some of their family members. Click here for previous posts on the Sujali Self-Help Group By Mike Calvert and Mary Kiguru Those following the story of Sujali… Read More »

Kenya Methodist University students having impact in their community

Mary Kiguru reports on the outcome of the students’ entry in a national competition in Kenya. An earlier entry talks of the involvement of university students in the support of the Sujali women entrepreneurs in Nairobi. The ENACTUS Team at Kenya Methodist University participated during the 2015 National ENACTUS Competition. The competition brought 9 universities… Read More »