JECK-Microenterprise Program

Although child sponsorship was our first program, and has been very successful, we realized that education is a long-term poverty alleviation strategy. For that reason, we felt it was necessary to help impoverished families generate income, while their children were receiving an education.

In 2003, we began working with the Saint Johns Escape Community of Kibera. They are a group of 35 women living in Kibera, Nairobi, the largest slum in Africa. JECK women currently make beautiful hand-sewn African dolls, baskets and purses made from banana fiber. They are available for sale in the United States. Contact the Microfinance Coordinator to receive a catalog of items available for purchase at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also calendar to fund upcoming events where JECK's fairly traded handicrafts are available for sale.

They have also undertaken numerous projects in Kenya itself, sewing and selling school uniforms, and making and selling candles at the local markets. The JECK women have repeatedly come to us with successes, and bigger and better plans for their group, their income, and Watoto wa Dunia. They are now working towards moving out of Kibera into a much more pleasant and healthy environment.