PCAT developed a partnership with The Little Sisters of Francis in 2015. The Sisters live and work in the Kasarani district of Nairobi providing services and support for the people living in Kasarani, Gitwamba and Mwiki slums, most of whom are unemployed with little income.
The Sisters work with a number of different local self-help groups, as well as running a project for street children and providing support and services for the victims of violence and rape and HIV/AIDS patients.
PCAT’s grants have been primarily used to support the Joy Women’s Group which was established with the support of the Little Sisters. The group comprises 15 women who earn a living from recycling and selling material scavenged from a local rubbish dump. PCAT’s grants have been used to help the women increase their income through providing chickens and pigs. In addition PCAT has provided a small loan fund which the Little Sisters manage. The fund provides low cost loans to women who wish to set up their own micro-businesses. Loan repayments will be recycled for new applicants to the loan fund.