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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.

Complementary Currency - Business Network Creation - Nov 2012

Bangladesh, Kenya is an informal settlement of approximatly 20 000 inhabitants and 200 businesses located outside Mombasa Kenya - map here. Our first community meetings were mobilized through a local clinic, the local church as well as a youth group. Local business owners were asked to come participate in a 2 hour workshop described briefly as Business Networking.

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