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YOUNG SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS COACHING PROGRAM

I first got to know the kids in Children's Garden Home in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011 during my family's year-long Seva 2011 sabbatical. Since 2011, I've joined Moses and Sylvia, the big-hearted founding couple who started CGH, to provide love, care, education and hope to these children, many of whom were rescued from the slum, broken homes and abuse. While the children have so little physically, they each have huge dreams to grow up and give back to the society. Many of the cute little kids back in 2011 are now growing into aspiring young adults. Since I can't visit them in person in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to launch an online coaching program to hand hold these 6 aspiring youth social entrepreneurs to design and launch 3 social businesses in Kenya.

This is the space where I'll share their business ideas, plans and document their progress. I cordially invite you to enjoy reading about these youth's eagerness to contribute to their society while becoming self-reliant at the same time. That's the idea behind Social Business - to solve a social problem using through a business solution for sustainability.

You can help these youth too. Here's how?

  • As a Social Investor - provide Social Investment Seed Funding to finance their start-ups. Our definition of social investment funding is interest-free, dividend-free, no time bound and no equity. When their social businesses have taken off, have enough surplus to pay you back, you'll get back exactly the amount of fund you invested. Or at that point, you may choose to re-invest that fund into another social business projects.
  • As a Donor - donate any amount of fund to support their social business projects. This is an unconditional giving.
  • As a Mentor - if you have domain expertise or network related to their social business areas, we welcome you to serve as their mentor.
Youth Social Entrepreneurs Coaching Program 2020
 
TEAM A: TALENTED BAKERS

Social Causes: To provide employment opportunities to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and youth to enable them to be self-reliant, and to promote inlcusiveness to care for people with special needs.

Social Business Idea: A bakery that offers innovative gourmet tarts and birthday cakes.

Snaida Barasa, 23
Raised in CGH since 2009. Completed Early Childhood Education at ThogotoTteachers College, now pursuing a course in Special Needs Education at the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), sponsored by Ms Debby Sefton and friends from the USA.

Victor Kibe, 23
Raised in CGH since 2011. Currently volunteering in CGH as a school administrator.

Snaida Barasa

Snaida Barasa

Victor Kibe

Victor Kibe

Designer birthday cakeProject Time Line

  • Jul-Aug - Identification of social causes, ideation of solutions and business designs.
  • Sep-Oct - Prototyping, experimentation to map out feasible processes and detailed work flow designs for autistic staff.
  • Nov - Review of prototyping phase

CALL FOR SUPPORT TO FINANCE THE PROTOTYPING PHASE

SGD850 of seed funding needed to finance the prototyping phase.

Please download the Business Proposal prepared by Snaida and Victor. They have included a detailed budget for KSH48,947. I've added 30% buffer to that amount and rounded up to SGD850 to account for incidentals and bank transfer charges.

Please contact Alvin if you wish to be a social investor for this project or simply support with a donation of any amount.

 

 
TEAM B: GO GREEN

Social Causes: To raise eco-consciousness through promoting waste recycling, and to provide employment opportunities to youth to enable them to be self reliant.

Social Business Idea: A waste recycling business that turns organic wastes into high quality green fertilizers.

Dianah Muthoni, 20
Raised in CGH since 2006. Currently pursuing Bachelor of Commerce at Kenyatta University, sponsored by Mr Sebastian Zugman from the USA.

Beth Wanini, 25
Raised in CGH since 2005. Currently pursuing music vocals at Redfourth Academy of Music and Drama, sponsored by Ms Amy Onyonyi, and volunteering as teacher of the CGH children choir.

Beth Wanini

Beth Wanini

Diana Muthoni

Diana Muthoni

Waste compostingProject Time Line

  • Jul-Aug - Identification of social causes, ideation of solutions, possible business designs.
  • Sep-Oct - Prototyping, experimentation to learn experientially the composting procedures and test out the different kinds of organic waste and the quality of fertilizers produced.
  • Nov - Review of prototyping phase

CALL FOR SUPPORT TO FINANCE THE PROTOTYPING PHASE

SGD250 of seed funding needed to finance the prototyping phase.

Please download the Business Proposal prepared by Beth and Diana. They have included a detailed budget for KSH13,240. I've added 30% buffer to that amount and rounded up to SGD250 to account for incidentals and bank transfer charges.

Please contact Alvin if you wish to be a social investor for this project or simply support with a donation of any amount.

 

 
TEAM C: MERIDIAN 101 KENYA

Social Causes: To raise preventive wellness consciousness, and to provide employment opportunities to youth to enable them to be self-reliant.

Social Business Idea: An educational outfit that offers TCM-based Meridian 101 acupressure and guasha services to individuals, family and corporations.

Arabu Isaac Obuga, 21
Raised in CGH since 2010. Currently volunteering as an acrobatic teacher, an Ev3 Lego mindstorm robotics coach and kids talent monitor.

Esther Njoki, 20
Raised in CGH since 2003. Completed high school in 2019, recently obtained a certificate in Beauty and Hairdressing from Purple Hut College. Currently volunteering in CGH as teacher of Indian dance.

Isaac Arabu

Arabu Isaac Obuga

Esther Njoki

Esther Njoki

Meridian 101 kenyaBusiness Time Line

  • Jul-Aug - Identification of social causes, ideation of solutions, possible business designs.
  • Sep-Oct - Prototyping, experimentation to learn experientially the composting procedures and test out the different kinds of organic waste and the quality of fertilizers produced.
  • Nov - Review of prototyping phase

CALL FOR SUPPORT TO FINANCE THE PROTOTYPING PHASE

SGD150 of seed funding needed to finance the prototyping phase.

Please download the Business Proposal prepared by Isaac and Esther. They have included a detailed budget for KSH7,662. I've added 30% buffer to that amount and rounded up to SGD150 to account for incidentals and bank transfer charges.

Please contact Alvin if you wish to be a social investor for this project or simply support with a donation of any amount.

 

BIG thanks to following social investors:
- SGD150 from MR HO EE KID on 8 Sep 2020
- SGD200 from MDM GIAM HENG GUAN on 9 Sep 2020
- SGD300 from MS JANET PNG on 10 Sep 2020
- SGD350 from NANYANG ANGELZ on 10
Sep 2020
- SGD1250 from MR NG SENG HEE on 21 Sep 2020

 

Zoom Recording of Coaching Sessions

  • What is Social Business?
  • Scoping Social Problem
  • Research & Ideation
  • Innovating Business Solutions
  • More Research & Ideation
  • Understanding the Problems, Needs and the Customers
  • Continued Research & Ideation
  • Defining more specifically the Problems, Needs and the Customers
  • Team Snaida & Victor: to create opportunities for autistic youth employment
  • Team Izaac & Esther: to provide Meridian 101 preventive care services
  • Team Beth & Diana: to recyce waste
  • Grateful to have Kevin Wee, social entrepreneur and founder of Resilence Rebound to share with the youth his words of wisdom.
  • We explore ways to communicate our business ideas to the world in order to attract financial funding for the projects.
  • Grateful to Daphne Chua and Germaine Goh for volunteering to mentor the youth in baking and Meridian 101 respectively.
  • The team will prepare a budget for their prototyping phase.
  • We tighten on how to present their ideas in the form of a business proposal.
  • We define the specifics of the teams' prototyping phase, the process and what results to aim for.
  • Upon Moses endorsing their respective budgets, Alvin will proceed to raise the fund to allow their to kick-start the prototyping phase.
  • This is a short meeting to go through with each business team on their action plan for the next 1 month of product development phase.
  • Alvin has approved the release of fund to Moses. Once Moses gets the fund in these few days, the teams can proceed with purchase of the necessary items to start their product development phase.
  • 1st review during the prototyping phase during which each team provides a report and update on their experiences.
  • 2nd review during the prototyping phase during which each team provides an update on their experiences. Mook joined in for the first time to advise the bakery team.
  • 3rd review with good progress by all 3 teams.
  • Last coaching session for 2020; the next session will be in the new year of 2021.

 

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