Busia


The greatest needs at Busia Compassionate Centre is furthering access to financial education and services, creating sustainable income generating activities, and funding scholarships to put the children through secondary school.

In 2007, World Council of Credit Unions started working with Busia Compassionate Centre in partnership with a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program aimed at mitigating the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in western Kenya. One of the program's goals was to provide educational grants to children of HIV/AIDS-affected households through the area's savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), or credit unions. When the USDA program concluded in 2010, World Council continued to support the orphanage with the help of the global credit union movement.

By initially building a foundation to meet the orphanage's basic needs such as food, water, and shelter, World Council has proceeded to offer Busia's community access to financial education, services, and scholarships for the children through the orphanage's SACCO.

Busia's SACCO, now one of the first in Kenya to use e-SACCO methodology, allows members to make deposits and withdrawals from the mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa—furthering financial access and reinvesting funds back into the community.