In 2002, Hannah Gachoka, a certified nurse, opened her own clinic in Thika, the largest town in the county of Kiambu, Kenya. With limited equipment and knowledge, Gachoka ended up referring more patients elsewhere than she diagnosed and treated at her own clinic.
Today, Gachoka’s clinic is booming. She has her own laboratory and provides a range of health care services, such as screening and treatment for cervical cancer, ante-natal and postnatal services, family planning, HIV testing, care and counseling, immunizations for children and minor surgeries such as circumcision. Recently, she was also able to secure a loan for ultrasound equipment, for which she could earn 1,500-2,000 ($15-20) Kenyan shillings per patient.