About

We envision prospering economies built by thriving communities.

Grassroots Economics is a non-profit foundation that seeks to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future. We focus on community development through economic empowerment and community currency programs. Beneficiaries of our programs include small businesses and people living in informal settlements as well as rural areas. GE is proud to have a rich history in community development programs thanks to it's many partners.

Our goal is to improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable. We use approaches such as participatory education and in-depth research and community profiling to understand needs and design programs with meaningful impacts.

In 2010, we began the first pilot programs in Mombasa and Nairobi, which were awarded as one of the top innovations in Africa at the Forum Afrique in Paris. Thus far, our community currency programs have been supported by organizations in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, and the United States.

Over the last two years, GE (formerly known as Koru-Kenya) has grown tremendously in the number of people we serve and the expansion of our currency programs. At this point we are close to our maximum programming capacity, with nearly all of our programs and services fully booked through the end of this year. Yet demand continues to grow. After winning a precedent setting court case, community currencies were deemed legal by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the groundwork has been created to expand these currencies wherever communities are unable to access the national currency.

Board of Directors

Will Ruddick

Ruth Mwangi

Caroline Dama
Area Coordinators

Daniel Mukosia
Credit Coordinator Nairobi

Lydia Anyango
Credit Coordinator Mombasa

Steve Okuku
Business Development Coordinator
Advisory Board

Grace Neema Mutemi
Public Affairs Strategist

Counsel Reza Zain Jaufeerally
Ethical Finance

Jimmy Heyns
Risk Management

Holger Hoffmann-Riem
Environmental Scientist

Carmen Mauk
Non-Profit Financing

Reba Chabeda
Partner at Umsizi LLP

Thomas H. Greco, Jr.
Scholar, Author and Educator

Professor Jem Bendell
Policy Education and Researcher

Ahmed Maawy
Technical Development

Robert Mutsaers
Business Development