Since beginning its work in Nairobi in October 2014, WSWI has depended solely on individual donors like you to help us help women and youth pursue their dreams. Without your donations, we could not have provided the business planning workshops and coaching for microbusiness owners like like Zinia, who started a business selling used clothing but quickly determined that her real passion is in hair styling. She is now a successful mobile hair dresser. (See The Youth Banner page.)
WSWI has provided business planning training and coaching to over 200 women entrepreneurs like Zinia above.
- only 5% were keeping accounting records when they began the program
- 80% of the graduates now keep records of their earnings
- Nearly 95% of our graduates have seen growth and improved operations in their business since implementing their plans
Last year, 43 women from the US and Africa joined the WSWI Mentoring Community and we’ve made 17 mentor-mentee connections with the intent to explore new ways to exchange the gifts of wisdom and experience.
Some of our WSWI Mentoring Community members are now making plans to convene at the second WSWI Connections Conference in Nairobi, November 1-3, 2018. There’s growing anticipation about this opportunity to meet face-to-face, deepen dialog, and share the gifts of individual wisdom through a program of business, leadership, and personal development workshops.
Now, here is why your continued help is so valuable.
We’re raising money for scholarships for our Kenyan community members and prior workshop participants like Zinia who cannot afford the conference fees. A donation of $150 pays for one person’s participation and transportation for all three days and a $300 contribution covers room and board, allowing a local entrepreneur, student, or community leader to mingle and network with visitors from the US and other local community members.
Thank you for your continued support and helping us make our second conference in Nairobi another WSWI milestone!
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