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Accepting a portion of sales in community-currency frees up small businesses to invest in their future.

THE NEED:

People in low income communities often have goods and services to trade, but they lack money with which to purchase each other's wares. Business owners need a way to exchange goods and services without relying on scarce national currency.

THE SOLUTION:

Sarafu-Credit is a community currency backed by networks of vendors, craftspeople and schools. It enables trade to occur between people who don't always have enough national currency to spend.

IMPACT:

Communities using our currencies show increased trade, job creation and savings. In addition, members have a greater sense of pride, economic security and community cohesion.

SCALE AND GROWTH:

Grassroots Economics currently works with over 1000 businesses and schools in Kenya and is poised to expand across East Africa.