Erick is the firstborn in a family of three children. They were raised by their mother, who worked hard to provide for her children.

erickthumbErick was a smart boy and did well in his exams. He qualified to join university, but his mother could not raise the fee required. When he realized that his mother could not raise the university fee, Erick started looking for a job. He secured a three-month sales and promotion contract with one company. The contract ended but he had some cash to pay for a short course in CCTV installation.

He also learned art and drawing from his uncle and sold drawings for a small fee. Life was difficult then because not many people prioritized CCTV installation. This left him jobless and disillusioned. He was therefore very excited when Chalice ILEG provided Njiru Stars Group with a shipping container to partition and use the space to establish small enterprises. The education acquired during the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, and his experience as a sales and promotion staff member helped him to start a small retail outlet and to run it efficiently.erickcats

Erick is looking forward to expanding his retail outlet to provide goods and MPesa (mobile cash transfer shop) services. This requires additional stock and startup capital to establish an MPesa service and additional grill work to extablish a small MPesa outlet. This will cost Kes. 280,000 or CAD $3,636.36. He thanks Chalice for believing in Njiru Stars. The members were truly overwhelmed with joy when sponsor Tina wrote them. This was very encouraging, and Erick was happy to draw Picco and Pepper (sponsor Tina's adorable cats) as a gift for her kind and encouraging words.

Funding Request: $3,636.36

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Chalice Njiru Stars helping the community in KenyaNjiru Stars support the community during COVID-19 pandemic

In this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Njiru Stars group have been in the forefront to help families who have been rendered jobless and are worried and anxious about what the future holds for them.

The children, who have been confined to their homes for long hours every day are restless and agitated, and this has heightened quarrels among siblings. Njiru Star members have come up with a plan to engage the children.

Across from their place of work, they have organized a playing field for the children and placed them in small groups according to their age/size. The members purchased a football for the children. Each day one group comes to the field at a particular time and when their time is up, they go back home. The mothers are happy to see their children happy and friendly toward each other.

Erick was chosen as the leader, and organizes the children. The other members check on the children to ensure they get back home safely. 

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