Our values define what SustainME believes in and shape who we are. They are very important to our family and motivate us to do our work with the vulnerable women and their families.
Growing up in a community where women and children were more vulnerable and affected by poverty, Samuel Wanyagira was inspired to start SustainME to empower women and their families in same situation to break the cycle of poverty.
In 2010, SustainME was founded. Samuel started giving out collateral free small loans using his personal savings and business skills to the vulnerable women with a goal of empowering them to provide food for their children, education, and medical care and improves household incomes.
With only (£72 or $113) Samuel was able to provide the first small startup loans to a group of 5 women; with each receiving an average loan of (£15 or $22) which they used to start up small businesses. With an amazing impact on women and their families, Samuel was impressed and believed that indeed small startup loans and business skills can be used as sustainable tool that can help women fight poverty.
SustainME works tirelessly to provide an environment where women and families are free from vulnerability. Through our sustainable programs, we provide micro finance, micro enterprises development, business skills, mentorship and vocational skills support.
Our special thanks go to Carole Gregory, Simon and Maria Kabi who first stood with the organisation to support the women and families.