A place to breathe.
The establishment of Consolata Self Help Programme in the Archdiocese of Nairobi dates back to the year 2000 after the first group was formed in Kiriko Parish in the year 1983. The programme emerged spontaneously from traditional economic activities, which were basically farming oriented. According to His Eminence, the late Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga,this was to quench the thirst of more organized and scientific system, which would fit in cash economy .
The management of the groups is a joint effort by the members who elect a management committee that work closely with the Parish administration. The coordinating office supports in promotion, training, monitoring, investment service and technical support.
The programme is spread all over the Archdiocese of Nairobi with few parishes yet to start, the programme has grown over and currently it has thousands of members. The co-ordinating office is doing its best to ensure that all parishes are brought on board.
Owing to the dynamic environment within which the Self Help Groups operate and the major strides of growth being witnessed, the Archdiocese has incorporated a trust known as “Social Promotion Registered Trustee” as a legal entity which oversees the management of the groups; as a positive development which creates a legal entity that oversees the management of the groups and transacts legal business on behalf of the group in its own name. However the groups still continue to be governed by their by-laws.
- Voluntary membership
- Christian Solidarity
- Accountability and Transparency
- To promote and encourage thrift among its members towards self-reliance.
- To promote pastoral and socio-economic activities for its members’ welfare and that of wider community.
- To cooperate with the other self-help groups of the archdiocese of Nairobi (Caritas) in pursuit of their
“Self Help programme to be a model financial service provider owned by Christian communities and managed on christian values on love and charity.”
” Self Help programme to empower Christian communities by savings mobilization, provision of credit, investment, training and technical support, through effective and efficient co-ordination”
"Rev. Fr. Jackson Murugara”
"Office Coordinating Manager”