IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT YOUR RACE
Visit the Five Talents financial inclusion programme in Kenya and see for yourself how it changes lives - meeting some of the 14,500 beneficiaries who access our savings, loans and business skills training every day.
View the video below to find out about Five Talents UK's work in East Africa and how it impacts the communities you'll be running through. You can also read more about our model, impact, and clients on our main site.
We ask that each runner raises a suggested minimum of £1000, every pound of which will support our programmes, impacting the lives of communities like the ones you'll be visiting on your trip with us.
Over the course of the year we will provide our runners with fundraising tips and share stories from last year's marathon to inspire you in your fundraising. For runners who opt for shorter distances, we are happy to relax our suggested fundraising total a little, though every little helps!
Meet a client: ESTHER NYAMBURA MWANGI
Esther used to grow 27 bags of maize per acre but now, because of drought, she says she’ll be lucky to get ten - the maize has grown only to half of its usual size. At the moment, this is the story across much of Kenya. Successive rains have failed. Our local teams tell us that many of the communities they work with are surviving on just one meal a day. Others are reliant on aid from the government.
This was how Esther coped during times like this. But now, through her Five Talents savings and loan group she’s been able to invest in other businesses and when her crop fails, she has somewhere to turn. Esther can now grow her savings and invest in her future.
“After joining my group, I took a loan to buy a water tank which helps me a lot during the dry season. I'm hoping to borrow another loan soon, then I'll be able to grow my businesses even further.” - Esther from Nakuru