PRI: In Africa’s largest slum, these girls saved to solve a problem

PRI: In Africa’s largest slum, these girls saved to solve a problem

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12/14/15

As part of her membership in a CARE Village Savings and Loan Association, 15-year-old Halima Mohammed sold bracelets, beaded jewelry and soaps. She and her friends in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, used the proceeds to buy sanitary napkins so they wouldn’t have to miss school during menstruation. The girls named their group, “Mashujaa, a Swahili word for "heroes” and their story of group savings is nothing short of heroic. Check it out as part of a PRI “The World” series on women’s economic empowerment in Kenya. 

Members of the Mashujaa savings group in Nairobi's Kibera slum.  Photo credit: Marco Werman

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