Jemima

Jemima from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm ready to be an entrepreneur. A mobile payment machine will help me get there!

I need funds to buy a mobile payment machine and supplies to start up my kiosk business again selling sugar and rice.

My need and situation

My name is Jemima and I am a wife, a mother of three children, and an obstetric fistula survivor (severe childbirth injury). My children are 11, 6, and 4. My last labor was difficult and I ended up with an obstetric fistula (a hole inside me). I was in pain and I leaked urine and feces uncontrollably for 4 yrs. Earlier this year I finally had surgery to repair my fistula but then I was paralyzed for two months afterwards. Now I am healthy and I am not paralyzed anymore. Before my fistula I had an M-Pesa business where I helped people do money transfers. M-Pesa is a popular way to transfer money and pay bills in Kenya using your mobile phone. I also had a small kiosk business where I sold sugar and rice. Now that I am healthy I want to buy another M-Pesa machine to restart my business so I can help provide for my family and pay for school for my children.

My goals are to buy an M-Pesa machine and restart my businesses - doing money transfers with the machine and selling sugar and rice at the kiosk.

I need funds ($180) to buy an M-Pesa mobile payment machine ($90) and buy supplies to start up my kiosk business again selling sugar and rice ($90).

Meeting this need will help me because with an M-Pesa machine and funds to restart my kiosk I can get back to my life before I had a fistula. I want to earn money to pay for clothes and school fees for my children, like I was doing before I got injured giving birth.

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Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula (What does this mean?)

Jemima is an obstetric fistula survivor that was recently surgically repaired after living with a fistula for 4 yrs. She is vibrant and excited about being healthy and strong again. She went through a business skills training workshop with Beyond Fistula and has a plan to restart her M-Pesa and kiosk business. She only needs some seed money to get started and then is confident in her ability to be profitable. She is honest and hard-working.

About Debra

I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Beyond Fistula. I founded the nonprofit in 2012 after seeing how much these young Kenyan women needed help rebuilding their lives after recovering from a childbirth injury known as obstetric fistula. I am endlessly motivated by their hope and tenacity… Read more