Imara Healthcare Centre
The Imara Healthcare Centre was established in 2002, with the belief that nobody should be denied emergency health care services due to poverty or lack of funds. It is a one-stop health facility designed to meet the needs of all patients while providing holistic health care to the community. Imara Healthcare Centre partnered with members of the Rotary Club of Eganville to apply to WICC for this project grant.
Grant Program: World Day of Prayer
Year of Grant: 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $4,967
Mukuru, where the Imara Healthcare Centre is located, is a large slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Over 80,000 people call Mukuru home. Many have left rural homes seeking work and an escape from poverty but the majority lack education and skills.
The women taking part in Imara’s income-generating peanut butter project chose to name their business Imara Shikinah Women. Translated from Swahili, “Imara Shikinah” means “let the grace of God come down.”
Once they had registered as a community-based organization, the women opened a bank account. Then, due to extreme political unrest brought on by the first of two elections, the fear of violence closed the banks and brought business to a standstill. Now a roaster, grinder, containers and peanuts have been purchased and production is underway.
Customers praise Imara Shikinah’s peanut butter because it is all-natural, unlike others on the market. The sales generate a modest income, which is an important contribution to the families of the group members. They are working towards increasing sales.