Mount Kenya Academy Senior School (MKASS) has many ongoing projects reaching into the wider community. The pupils have many opportunities to participate in valuable community service work as part of their education whilst here at MKASS. We have the micro-finance programme which is run by the teacher and students of the Business Studies department. They are assisted by the Chaplain and funded by friends of Mount Kenya Academy.
The programme typically has about 20 members and has a committee of the Women’s group that provides leadership and help in vetting, recruiting, organising monthly and other meetings for the PCEA Upendo Women group whose members are members of PCEA Chaka Town Church.
Each woman runs a business-some are livestock farmers, others deal with second-hand clothes sale. Still others run salons, vegetable farming, quarry mining, sale of grains and groceries among others.
The business studies students under the guidance of their teacher and the chaplain provide valuable oversight of the various businesses. Field trips are organised to inspect the businesses and reports are then compiled and sent to the sponsors. The students also meet to organise training for the women to help them boost their businesses. Topics that are addressed include record-keeping, marketing, etc.
When the members of the women group apply for a business loan, the students go through the loan application forms and the record book and discuss whether the applicant deserves to be given a loan or not. They consider how the member’s business is doing, scrutinise the record book and also whether the concerned member has been faithfully repaying any past loans. They then give their recommendation . Both our students and the community which the programme seeks to help benefit as the former are able to put the concepts/knowledge learnt in class into use and they also learn the value of working with and helping others in the community. The latter are able to uplift their standards of living.
Senior school students serve a meal to Chania Primary Pupils