This workshop was offered November 28 to December 9, 2016. Please check back for our 2017 workshop dates. 




One Week Enrollment

November 28 – Dec. 2 or December 5-9     





Two Weeks Enrollment

November 28 – December 9






Tuition includes all reading materials, a USB, and field trips. Room and board accommodations at the Monarch Hotel (http://monarchhotelskenya.com)  are single occupancy in private rooms with a private bathroom. Room and board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and twice-daily coffee/tea breaks during class sessions. Internet access through wireless in rooms is available. Accommodation and meals are covered from Sunday night arrival until Saturday morning departure. If you enroll for two weeks, Saturday night, December 3, will also be included (room, dinner, and breakfast).

Please note: If you require extra nights before or after the accommodation included, then please email  esales@monarchhotelskenya.com soon to make an inquiry for the required nights. You must make an inquiry if you require extra nights.  If you do not make an inquiry, you may have to book another hotel at a higher rate for the extra nights. You will need to pay for those extra nights on checking in at the hotel in U.S. dollars cash or by credit card.

If you are commuting to the Monarch Hotel each day, you must pay a weekly commuter fee, which includes only lunch, Monday through Friday, coffee/tea breaks during class sessions, books, reading materials, USB, and field trips.

Transportation to the Monarch Hotel from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is not included in the registration fee. We will provide options for transport once your registration is complete.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

Please Note: If you are a man, do not complete this application, as you are not eligible!

You may apply for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship, which are available for each week of the course, but only if you meet the following Selection Preferences. Please note, scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application process. We will award at least twelve full or partial scholarships.

Selection Preferences:

  • Women practitioners only. If you are not a woman please don’t apply.
  • Practitioners who have at least two years of experience in the microenterprise development field
  • Practitioners who work in Africa
  • Practitioners currently involved in or planning to begin Savings Groups progams
  • Practitioners who work for NGO or Development Finance Institutions and policy development organizations
  • Candidates coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, preferably from rural and resource-poor areas
  • Applicants who make some level of financial contribution to tuition, room/board, and/or travel costs

Recommendation Criteria:

Scholarship recommendations will be determined by the following criteria:

  • How well does the applicant meet the selection preferences listed above?
  • What is the stated financial need of and actual support committed from each candidate?
  • Based on the candidate’s stated background profile, how will the scholarship make an impact on their professional development and to their organization?

Payment Information

A deposit of $500.00 is due within 10 days of registration. The balance of workshop fees are due before your arrival in Nairobi. Payments may be made by credit card, wire transfer, or check.


Please make payable to:
VSL Associates

and mail with a copy of this registration to:
VSL Associates
Neuenkamper Strasse 27
42657 Solingen, Germany

Wire Transfer:

Please contact Hugh Allen Hugh@vsla.net for Wire Transfer Instructions

 Transaction must be completed in U.S. Dollars

Be sure to include your name on the draft and send us an email letting us know that it has been processed. Please add a $35 fee to cover the cost of the transfer and other Bank charges. Note, there is no standard rate for such costs and therefore it may vary from the recommended $35. In such a case, if your payments are either short or greater than the amount you owe, we will settle it while you are at the SMDP. The payment amount will be based on the notification we receive from our bank as to what the actual deposit is, therefore make sure you correspond with us at Hugh@vsla.net regarding this.

Note: No cash payments for tuition and housing costs will be accepted at the program.

Credit Card:

If you wish to pay by credit card please contact the SMDP office at Sanjeev.sharma@unh.edu or call +1 603-862-1871 and we can take your card information over the phone. 

We will initially charge a $500 deposit to your card for each person you register upon receipt of your registration(s) plus a 2% service charge. The remaining balance will be charged against your card before your arrival at the SMDP once you have notified us that you have been issued an entry visa. You will be charged an additional 2% service charge on this transaction as well.

Once your deposit or full payment has been received we will send you an e-mail confirmation and will e-mail you a Letter of Acceptance, which you may need when applying for a Kenya visa.

For payment questions contact Hugh@vsla.net or call +49 176 72483304

Refund Policy

If you cannot attend the SMDP Kenya, you may request a refund in writing or via email. Requests received before November 11, 2016, will be refunded in full, less a $100 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after that date. It can take up to four weeks after the end of the SMDP-Kenya 2016 for your refund to be processed. The refund will be remitted in the form it was received (i.e., credit card) and payments will be issued a credit back to the original card the charge was made on (due to credit card regulations we are unable to make exceptions to this policy). Wire transfers will be refunded via wire, etc.

Kenya Visa Information

A passport and visa are required for entry into Kenya. While single-entry visas are currently still available upon arrival at Kenyan airports, Kenya Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival at some point in the future.  Therefore, all travelers are strongly encouraged to apply online through the e-visa process. Immigration has instituted a new visa policy whereby all visitors must obtain visas by using  a new online application at:


This page also lists countries for which a visa is not required.

SMDP will provide an invitation letter to facilitate your visa request process.



Hugh Allen 
+49 212 818305