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Saving Grace: Ali’s Story

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Young entrepreneur, Ali Adan from Kiamaiko in Nairobi, Kenya has found great success since completing the Business Courses offered by CAST in 2018. At just twenty years of age, he had already established his own butchery selling goat meat, earning up to 500 Kenyan Shillings (R62,50) a day, but admits that he would spend his money carelessly, without proper budgeting or financial planning. “As the day ended I could not account for the money,” he says. “I had nothing in my pocket.”

This changed when he heard the announcement about the course at CAST’s partner church in Huruma, Evangelical Victory Church. Eager to improve his business skills, he signed up for the course and learned valuable lessons which have made a significant difference in his life, professionally and personally.

“Firstly, I have learnt the importance of saving. Before I joined CAST, I never saved. I am proud to say that I have some money in my account now.  Secondly, I learnt to manage my time well. Thirdly, I learnt to be polite and respectful to my customers. And lastly, I have also learnt to appreciate my customers by giving discounts and incentives.  These are my top four key lessons that CAST has empowered me with among many other business skills.”

He adds that through the course, he learnt to run an honest business that honours God.  “I was challenged to read my Bible every day and memorize scriptures,” he says. “I have actually done further studies to understand the mystery of the Trinity.” Ali is an active member of his church as a cell group leader that meets twice a week for Bible Study.

Having grown up in the farmlands outside Nairobi City, where most of his family still live, Ali has big dreams for the future: “I would like to be a successful leader in Ministry, specifically in Youth Ministry, and secondly, an international business entrepreneur with my head office in London!”

To make this possible, Ali plans to work hard in his business, save money well, invest money wisely to expand and lastly, “pray to God to give [him] wisdom and strength to accomplish all these.”

If you would like to help make a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs like Ali, contact CAST on (031) 266 8830 or email: info@cast.org.za or you may contact Joseph Bode, the Nairobi Area Manager at joseph@cast.org.za.

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Leading the Way in Mathare, Kenya: Joyce’s Story

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38-year-old Joyce Alinda lives in the Mathare slum in Kenya and helps women to become financially stable by teaching them beadwork and business skills. When the Local Economic Development programme was introduced to a group of pastors in Huruma, Kenya in early 2018, Joyce, one of the pastors’ wives, jumped on board to volunteer as a business trainer and mentor. “I was inspired once I learnt the vision of CAST” she says, “and I love community work and empowering others.”

CAST Kenya launched in March 2018 and has grown in leaps and bounds. In the past 9 months, already 102 people have successfully completed the Business Experience Course and 58 have graduated from the Business Growth Courses and are on their way to starting their own businesses.

Facilitating Bible study as part of the business training takes the teachings beyond pure academics, it opens the door for participants to be guided by Christian values. “I have seen the need to involve God in every part of life including our businesses. This has challenged me to encourage others to seek to run an honest business.”

Living in the Mathare slums with her husband and two children, Joyce has always been an active member serving her community. Her latest project has helped empower the women in her area through teaching beadwork and business skills that she has learnt from the programme. She also intends starting a much-needed day-care centre.

In a personal capacity, Joyce has also gained confidence in her ability to lead and now aspires to be a motivational speaker. She has since organized a fellowship group for the other pastors’ wives in her community and has been inspired by the programme to grow in her spiritual development by memorizing verses from scripture.

If you would like to get involved in training or mentoring entrepreneurs, or help support CAST Kenya, contact us at: info@cast.org.za or (031) 266 8830. Alternatively, contact the East Africa-Kenya Office at: joseph@cast.org.za or (+254) 772 667364.