The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected the area of Kisumu, Kenya and this has meant that no new clients have been recruited to a Just Small Change support programme all year. Despite this, Roselyne and Emily have done a wonderful job in supporting their existing clients and keeping in regular contact.
Whilst the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, has been hit the hardest with the virus, the Kisumu region has itself recorded 1616 cases from March to November. Such is the upbeat nature of the locals that they have continued to get on with their lives as best they can, however, making sure to follow all the mandatory protocols such as wearing face coverings and adhering to social distancing.
Just Small Change stated that coronavirus is merely another challenge that the locals have to face, which is a sad but admirable situation. Nothing will get them down.
The current plan is to start the training for new clients in late February / early March 2021, subject to Kenyan National & Kisumu County guidelines & restrictions. Members of existing groups have already identified and proposed new clients for the programme in addition to those who were previously assessed by partners of Just Small Change.