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.
Mama Biashara offers small grants to set up businesses allowing the women to support themselves and their children, providing a roof over their heads, food and even – in time – education. With financial independence these families have a future. And, according to the rules of Mama Biashara, a future in which they work to help others in the community who, as they once were, are in dire need.
They reckon that since 2012, Mama Biashara has set over 13,000 Kenyans up in their own small businesses ranging from brick making, tea farming and reselling second-hand clothes to cleaning and cosmetic services. That number increases exponentially each day as the way Mama B. works, each business person is pledged to help start others, just as they themselves were helped to start.
“Having their own business transforms the lives of these women – it makes them independent, able to feed and house their families. And, more than that, the psychological and emotional lift it gives them, is as good as medicine!” says Kate Copstick from Mama Biashara.
“We hear a lot of things about the issues in the developing world – the enormous problems, the vast needs, the nasty diseases and the terrifying statistics. But really, as you spend time there in Kenya, you realize that the problems are tiny – each individual is a small, easily fixable problem. And they deserve to be seen as individuals and not as an invisible statistic. And the diseases do not have big scary names, they have two simple names – poverty and ignorance.” – adds Kate.
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. A hand up, they say – up out of poverty, disease, starvation, homelessness and ignorance.
The charity also provides medical clinics, offering advice and free supplements. 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.
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 and read more about Mama B’s amazing projects on their website: http://www.mamabiashara.com