Zekia from Eldoret, Kenya

I want to support my children through a business-- I need your help to get started.

I need $500 to purchase clothes to resell. I hope this will let me grow my business enough to support myself and my children.


I am a 32 year old mother of three and fistula survivor. I lived with fistula for five years until I had repair surgery this year. I have no source of income after this period of illness.

My goals are to start a mitumba (donated clothing) business selling clothing in the market. I want to earn enough to pay for my children's expenses like food, shelter, and school fees.

I need $500 to purchase clothes to start my business. I will sell this stock in the street market until my business grows enough for me to have my own space.

Meeting this need will help me because I am motivated and learned business skills from Beyond Fistula. All I need is a stock of clothing to get started. Then I can earn for my three children.

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

Zekia is a devoted mother who came through our business skills program. She is very committed to her children and has a clear plan to earn a living with a mitumba (clothing selling) business. I believe in her ambition to make a better life for her kids. Beyond Fistula will be checking in on her progress as she gets her business off the ground and builds a better future for her children.

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

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