Read about some of our work this year.
Task: A group of volunteers developed a special project on Cook-stoves and needed a team to develop an intervention on how to sustainably introduce it to the local community. The energy saving cook-stoves form an important part of the progress of energy consumption and conservation
Action: We develop a special project that did not require an organization or complex administrative structures. This ensured that most of the project funds are used for intervention. The work also ensured the use of local sales people and football clubs as goodwill ambassadors for the project.
Result: The project managed to distribute 471 working stoves and 21 which were returned. However, continued dependence on funds from the project funders and low profit margins meant that a lot more was spent on marketing than the sales realized and as such the project became less sustainable.
Enterprise Education-4-Change was formed as a cross generational platform for linking rural resources with the technical skills and academic advantages enjoyed by University/College students and graduates in order to drive rural development in Kenya. In linking the community based groups with students and graduates on different academic programs, Ee4C enhances the growth of small scale businesses run by community groups through building of financial, commercial, and strategic capacity. We have been successful in doing this through business training, forming community linkages with different partners and promoting their products on Ee4C Facebook Fan-page and other outlets for product/service visibility. The program, which was started in 2014 has now reached its third year. In 2014, the founder, Simeon Ogonda attended the Community Solutions Program (a professional fellowship of young leaders working in various community initiatives and with passion for community development) in the United States and came back to organize this successful team for progress in our community.
The project was built to form the basic research upon which the program for business consultancy would be anchored. In its first year of operation it was part of the finalist for the future forward competition organized by a partnership between Ashoka Changemakers and Mastercard foundation. It later won a grant from the U.S. Embassy to undertake small scale business training, and a another grant from American Express Foundation through a honorary award received by its founder. The project’s success led to publications in Forbes, Enactus Global, and achieving tremendous training success in 2015 and 2016. The project was then co-opted into the business consultancy that formed part of the platform business model utilized by Millennial Legacy in its consultancy work.
– Ashoka Changemakers: https://www.changemakers.com/users/simeon-ogonda
Task: A venture capitalist looking for small businesses with promising potential to invest in required an intervention that helps him invest in these businesses and bring together such businesses into small groups with such potential.
Action: We initiate a search to identify and recruit 20 start-up businesses with a positive growth trajectory in their early stages of development and developed a mentoring and coaching program to make them investor ready.
Result: A full consultancy program with business development executives deployed to ensure the satisfactory and successful development of the small scale businesses by enhancing their administrative, marketing, product development, and HR components over a period of two years
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