Owner: Elijah Omara Reichi
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Business: Transportation company
Purpose of Loan: Vehicle Purchase
Impact: Economic Security
Kenya immigrant Elijah Omara Reichi came to the United States to attend college and after graduation, became a job counselor for persons with disabilities. Witnessing first-hand their critical need for reliable transportation services, Omara sought and received necessary state certifications and started Keon Transport in 2012.
Initially, Community First Fund assisted Omara with a micro-loan to purchase a used van. A Dauphin County grant funded the purchase of a second van a year later, and in 2014, we provided another loan for an additional van. Our longer-term financing options have enabled Omara to purchase more reliable, newer vehicles and drive the growth of his business.
Serving Harrisburg and York, the company now employs 24 staff, many of whom were previously unemployed. Keon Transport has made it possible for hundreds of people with disabilities to obtain competitive employment thanks simply to reliable transportation to and from work.