Grassroots News

Bangla-Pesa's fate is in the hands of the DPP

Our case is postponed again! The Kenyan Dirctor of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko has recalled our case file and is seeking clarification from the Central Bank on the charges.

Bangla-Pesa Turmoil

Sadly, because of a misunderstanding by local authorities, community members including Alfred Sigo and Will Ruddick were jailed on suspicion that they were part of a secessionist terrorist group (nothing could be farther from the truth). After this was found to not be the case, and seeing no other reason to keep them in jail, the group of six (including two mothers, a grandmother, and a grandfather) were charged by the Central Bank of Kenya, with forgery for holding a printed voucher. This charge is baseless, and they in fact have a printing receipt from Kenya's top printer (Punchlines Ltd.). They are now out of jail on bail and awaiting trial.

Bangla-Pesa Launch

Today's launch of Bangla-Pesa was a great start to an empowering community process! Prior to the launch, members of the business network processed through Bangladesh, led in song by the Bangla Business Network Committee, and following the Bangla-Pesa, which was escorted by local security officials. Of the 137 local business owners that attended, 56 members completed their registration and backing process and created 400 credits each. At least 150 pending registrations will be completed in the next week.

Bangla Committee Meeting - Mar 2013

The BBN Committee working on the registration requirements

Koru Kenya is working to capacity build the the Bangladesh Business Network (BBN) to create it's own complementary currency. The committee of the met today to work on it's draft constitution, membership registration process and next general meeting.

MotoMoto Performing Arts - Feb 2013

We've started off the year with two new MotoMoto classes on Tuesday and Thursdays in Mombasa thanks to Burners without Borders. Each class consists of ten street living youth. We've begun giving them food after each session as a way of giving them focus.

BBN Meeting - Feb 2013

The Bangla Business Network had its first large meeting with 165 business members present from 4 areas of Bangladesh, Kenya. The community is exited and ready to launch the program after the coming Presidential Elections.

Kenya's Food Exports vs Food Aid

Who is supporting Whom? Kenyan Food Exports vs Food Aid

Amazing as it may sound Kenya exports over 3 billion dollars worth of food!

The World Food Program says that Kenya has a yearly need of $300 million USD to pay for food aid, while exporters brag that Kenya exported roughly $3 billion USD in food products in 2010.
For every one dollar in food-aid Kenya receives, it exports ten dollars of food! How can this be?

Tiwi Orphans Visit - Dec 2012

This visit is different, we sat down to eat together and had a frank chat. Am grateful
The Koru team visited a village in Tiwi, which had mobilized 21 orphans to share a meal and life stories. The 4 hours visit was supported by Koru, organized by the community health workers who requested for the support.

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