Jamii Bora Trust was established in 1999 at the initiative of 50 street beggar families in Nairobi.Jamii Bora was registered as a charitable trust in Kenya on 22 November, 1999.The name Jamii Bora is Swahili for “good families”. Ingrid Munroe founded this initiative.
In that same year she gave a small group of
50 Kenyan street
people a financial start. Her gesture has blossomed into micro-credit institution with 72 branches in Kenya, which now has about 170,000 borrowers across Kenya ladder to help people out of poverty.
The initiative has now offers micro business loans, school fees loans and savings account among other services to its members. It also offers education to its members through its Jamii Bora Bussiness Academy where members are trained on business studies, home economics, management & leadership, basic computer skills and literacy. It also offers counseling to street beggars, plantation workers and the handicapped under its Tumaini Programme and the giving of hope to suffering alcoholics under its Levuka programme.
Additionally, it has a heavily subsidized medical cover for its members and 4 of their dependants at just $ 18 per year.
A most laudable success worth a rooftop shout is the Jamii Bora Housing Project in Kaputiei Town in Kisaju, Kajiado District. To assist majority of its members to achieve their dream of better and secure housing, Jamii Bora Trust has procured 293 acres of prime land in Kisaju, Kajiado District.
Members of Jamii Bora Trust are the very poor in Kenya. Most of the urban members in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Thika, Eldoret, Machakos and many other towns in the country are living in unhealthy and unworthy slums.
The dream of all Jamii Bora members is to get out of those slums into better housing. As they improve their lives step by step with the help of Jamii Bora’s Micro-finance, Health, Bussiness Academy, Tumaini and Levuka programmes the dream of a better housing is growing stronger and stronger.
The land was originally agricultural land but planning permission has been granted for development of a comprehensive housing scheme with all the necessary social facilities as well as employment and commercial opportunities.
Following a period of design and planning finalized in 2003,the local authorities approved the detailed plans on 22 June 2004.The town will be built over a 36 months period and is planned on socially and ecological sound and sustainable principles. Kaputei Town will house approximately 2000 families and is planed according to a unique neighborhood concept. Each neighborhood will have its own unique features with playgrounds for children, parks and community halls or church halls developed by and for the families in the neighborhood.