The View From Kenya: Part III

Kenya emerged from last week’s poll with a new president-elect and a sense of relief that there was no repeat of the 2007 election’s massive violence.  The country is slowly returning to business as usual, and several of our members have returned to the cybercafes to share their perspectives with lenders:

“Hello everyone, i trust you are well. Myself and family are well and thank God. Its been a tricky and tight month for business due to elections and i had to close my business earlier for security purposes, but all went well we Kenyans maintained peace as we vowed never to shed blood of our brothers and sisters because of politics. Am looking forward to revamped business as we wait for officiating of our President in a weeks time and fully go back to operations. Looking forward to great success in spite of the hurdles that i choose to use as bridges to the next level. Thank you Zidisha team and all my lenders i wish you well and Gods blessings.” – Milcah Wairimu Wagura, Mombasa, Kenya

“I wanted to send money for repayment of my loan yesterday but was unable. This is due to mainly acess to mpesa agents. There were romours yesterday that the lossers in the just concluded general elections were going to hold a demonstration. Demonstrations here are usually violent, therefore the agents closed shop earlier than usual. However, this was not to be and we are back to normal…” – Jane Wanjira, Kiti Estate, Kenya

“hellow all my lenders, im very greatful to all my lenders. am doing well in my business i have not been transporting my goods to the eastern part of our country for the past few weeks. this has been in the result of the election which was there for some few days back. now elections are over and we have a new president in our republic. i hope to continue working hard untill i will be able to catch the rope…” – Veronica Wangui, Kiptangwanyi, Kenya

“dear lenders the elections in kenya is over and business is coming back slowly i was able to reload my business with more stock and i was able to service my Mitsubishi track. it is now helping me with supplying building materials wherever it is need around my home town and beyond…” – Evanson Gitau, Kiptangwanyi, Kenya

“Dear lenders,am still doing fine and am grateful to God.Last month was a critical month since our country was undergoing elections but God has seen us through and the elections were peaceful and are now over.However business went on as usual apart from the election day on Monday last week since I had to go and cast my vote. This month I have only added cement, jerrycans and traditional mats.I had added enough stock on January so I did not need to stock much.God willing,tommorrow am planning to restock nails ,paints and brushes.thanks” – Violet Karwimbo, Nairobi, Kenya

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