We are delighted to continue our support for an amazing charity, which is Mama Biashara. We donated another batch of products that was sent to Kenya and distributed among those, who needed them the most. We’re glad we can contribute to such a worthy cause and support Kate Copstick and her charity in their efforts to make the world a better place.
Apart from helping out by delivering medical supplies to the locals, Mama B charity is focused primarily on supporting the Kenyans in setting up businesses that help provide for their families and create a better future for the whole communities.
“If you had met the women I met in the slums of Nairobi, you would be dumping your day job to help them too! Amazing, brave, resilient, uncomplaining people, who will do anything to feed, clothe and educate their families. You have never seen anything like the attack, with which these women take their one and only chance and make the absolute most of it.” says Kate Copstick from Mama Biashara.
Mama B takes women (and, increasingly, men) from the very lowest depths of the Kenyan slums and gives them the wherewithal to climb up, become independent and ensure security in their lives and the lives of their children. Only £20 can start a business for a woman, but it will also change her family’s life forever, by providing a continuing income. Volunteers at Mama B believe that the cure for poverty is not charity, but business. “A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” is their motto and they stick to it.
“What we give is not a loan but a grant. We give them a business. On the condition that once their business is established, they help someone else the way they were helped. And that is exactly what happens.” explains Kate.
The charity is involved in multiple projects from brick making, to cleaning and cosmetic services, which currently engage thousands of people. One of their most successful ventures where tea farms. Two years ago Mama B gave a £20 grant to three ladies who wanted to sell tea in a new way. To women like them, who could only afford to buy enough for one cup at a time. They sold initial few bags. And then they sold a few more. And when their business was established, they helped others. And now – 2 years on – they have 257 women selling tea across three counties. All from that original £20 grant.
Here you can read more about Mama B’s other amazing projects: http://www.mamabiashara.com/projects
The charity also provides medical clinics for those with no way to pay the 80p it costs to see a hospital doctor. They advise and offer supplements – both from HTC and in the form of a great uji (porridge) that gets people up off their beds and walking. They run workshops – both business and health related. They do a certain amount in education, pay school fees and have built two schools and homes for orphans and abandoned children. Currently they have a network of help covering about half of Kenya. And they are still growing.
“We do not pay anyone for anything. I pay my own airfares and accommodation. The UK shop with African souvenirs is run by volunteers. 100% of the money we get goes straight to Kenya. And that will always be the way.” firmly says Kate. If you’re interested in getting involved or maybe have any supplies you could donate to Mama Biashara, please get in touch with Kate. You can find her contact details on the charity website: http://www.mamabiashara.com/shop