Our second series of Nairobi workshops for 2015 continued the success we’ve had supporting our partners’ programs to empower women entrepreneurs, college students, and young business owners. Olivia conducted two workshops for The Youth Banner; one for women entrepreneurs new to business planning and the second for prior participants seeking a refresher, help and/or coaching. We’re delighted that the number of returning entrepreneurs is growing and they expressed a desire to meet monthly to share ideas and success between the WSWI visits. We had strong support from the TYB during the workshops. WSWI provided train-the-trainer workshops during our two previous visits and staff is now quite adept at facilitating group breakouts and answering questions about business planning and development.
Adding the 30+ participants of the business training session, we’ve served over 200 unique women micro-business owners. The last evaluation report, for the April 2015 series of workshops, facilitated by Kirsti Tcherkoyan, found that:
- 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 an improvement in their business since implementing their plans
When we get the evaluation report for the September business planning workshops, we’ll post an update. Our gratitude goes out to Kelvin Maina and the rest of the Youth Banner team for their contributions to another successful series.
We facilitated three eMentoring Africa workshops, all in collaboration with UNISCOO (University Students Community Organization), a student leadership organization representing universities throughout East Africa and the US. There was a different group of young leaders in each session. The first were recent winners of the 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurship Award. The second was a group of students preparing for and participating in an internship program. The third workshop was for a large group of student organization leaders from several universities. In all three workshops, the topic was turning vision into action. It was a lot of fun while also very inspirational because I’m convinced they are all future leaders. Thanks to Jed Ondiko, Managing Director of UNISCOO, for his leadership. He models the way!
The October 2015 eMA leadership development workshops bring our total for student leaders impacted to 63. A gratifying achievement, but not as heartwarming as what we take away from just being in the presence of such motivated, energetic and committed twenty-somethings! Another reason we are so inspired to return.