Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
We will liaise with as many schools as are interested, visit them and address their students.
Following these visits, we will introduce the various trainers of the skills to the students and each one of the trainers will tell the kids about their achievements, their business and how their lives have become better.
From this point, we will ask for interested students to signify and with the school's assistance, we will get in touch with their parents, inform them of who we are, what we do and how we want to make life better for them. With their consent, the training of their children.
Training will include introduction to and procurement of materials, procedures, branding, pricing and marketing.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
In 2013, we trained 15 ladies on how to make bags, shoes and accessories using African prints. Of these 15 ladies, 5 of them have started a business with the skill. One of them in particular, traveled back to her town of residence and within the space of 1 week, she had 3 customers that she made 5 bags for. She had no job at the time and had no one to depend on but with the training, she had forged her way to financial freedom.
Using that example as a point of reference, we are projecting a minimum of 100 students for 10 skills as starters for the duration of 2 months. In a year, a minimum of 1000 students will be trained. 20% of these are expected to start up their own business after the training. This means that 2 out of every 10 girls/ladies will be an income earner after 2 months, supporting herself and her family as the case.
Minimum of 200 businesses will be created yearly.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
With a minimum of 200 new businesses on a yearly basis, there will arise the need to hire people. This means that jobs will be created. As poverty is been kicked back into the shadows, unemployment rate will be on the decline one business at a time.
With this empowerment, many women will be income earners and this will breed recognition in the society. Their voices, which were once silenced, will be given free expression.
Their success rate in their businesses will speak for them and from there, they can venture out into other areas such as politics.