1982: Village HopeCore International was founded by Dr. Kajira “KK” Mugambi, Esq. nineteen years after he left his village of birth in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, where he felt the hardships of poverty firsthand, for an education in the United States.
A graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, Dr. KK later became a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, University Lecturer, Assistant Dean at UCLA, and a member of the California State Bar. Dr. KK shared his time between his California law practice and Kenya to determine the feasibility of HopeCore.
2001: After a rigorous and extensive planning period, the pilot program was implemented. The 12 women of the Ruanchege Group agreed to be the first group to receive loan and quickly exceeded expectations. To support the program, Dr. Mugambi and his team formed a corps of volunteers, established relationships with community based organizations and government agencies, and opened offices in Chogoria, Nairobi, and Culver City, California.
In July 2014, the original Ranchege Pioneers were hosted by HopeCore for a reunion lunch and celebration of their and HopeCore’s successes since the group was first formed. (The photo above was taken on that day.)
2005: Dr. KK moved back to Kenya with his family, and the Culver City office moved to Healdsburg, California. He now directs all operations in the Chogoria office and uses his experiences and education from his time in the United States to benefit the people of Kenya.
Present Day: With over 20 local employees and 3 global fellows and strong relationships with 180 schools, over 80 loan client groups, and numerous government and county officials, HopeCore is a rapidly-expanding organization dedicated to promoting health and ending poverty in the communities we reach.