Enterprise Education-4-Change (Ee4C)

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Enterprise Education-4-Change (Ee4C): Promoting Community Accountability through the positive power of Business

Kisumu, KenyaKisumu, Kenya
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

University students shall be trained on transparency and accountability gaps in the running of CBOs' businesses. The knowledge will be imparted by the students on existing CBOs for better management, creation of awareness on transparency and accountability and creation of employment in rural Kisumu.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if CBO businesses had better management? Would they grow stronger and provide employment fo rural populations?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

32% of Kenya's active labor force is unemployed (Ministry of Labor, 2013). The greatest hindrance in employment creation is endemic corruption that has affected small businesses in Kenya, and Kisumu in particular. Small scale businesses have been the main source of income for the people of the County and the development of these businesses will enable Kisumu to sustain its population and attract more investment through an entrepreneurial culture.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project shall train University Students on Ethical Management of business and Transparency/Accountability through seminars and practical monitoring of community projects to better equip them to train community based organizations on business management and grassroots democracy in order to enable them elect good managers for their rural enterprises. Good management for such rural enterprises have a direct impact on the population through production and jobs availability for the rural communities. The Youth undertaking the training will also sharpen their business skills and aspire to be business persons. Think Tanks formed by students are more trusted in rural communities hence the use of the concept increases chances of project success.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

By training 10 groups we provide the future leadership with ethical knowledge. Taking them through a pilot business project provides experience in running enterprises. Exposing them to community enables them to learn and impart their knowledge to the community. Creating stable community businesses empowers people to promote their own enterprises and have businesses that can create employment for different people and reduce rural to urban migration while also increasing the volume and value of services that people have access to. Scaling the project ensures that societal transformation is achieved in the long run

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Within Six months: 1 Think Tank, 10 students, 10 CBOs (approx. 100 people) 24months: 4 Think Tanks, 40 students, 40 community based groups (Approximately 400 people). This represents 40% in 4 typical villages of 1,000 persons each. All these are direct beneficiaries. These beneficiaries will experience change in different levels. Students will learn skills including: Having knowledge on transparency and accountability Gaining practical skills and experience in managing small scale enterprises Managing diverse social groups and professional networks Community Based Groups will learn: Managing ethical environments for businesses Creating awareness on the importance of transparency and accountability Creating employment for young people and women in rural economies Curbing rural to urban migration which denies rural areas the needed skills for promoting development

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The first line of impact is within the county in which after 24 months the project is expected to directly impact 450 individuals and over 10,000 indirectly through marketing and benefiting on services and goods provided. Secondly, as a policy document, the project shall be presented as a public interest project for debate in county assembly for county government funding to enable expansion. After four years we shall propose it as a policy document for the national government through the ministry of devolution.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Within the first six months, the project shall be sustained through small donation and contribution of office resources from the parent organization. Within the 24 months, the project will draw in fundraisers for operational expenses and use profits from the businesses through contribution of community based groups then after the four months we shall target county government funding and national government soft loans for businesses

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

NGOs in Kisumu have been working on this initiative and the government has also released funds to support youth enterprise. However, in spite of the heavy spending, embezzlement of resources is rampant and youth groups have lost in ethical principles in either funds distribution or fair play. In addition, the current programs are addressing the symptoms which are shown through lack of operational capital by providing money or poor governance by restricting use of money. However, by establishing a relationship where thy have to work without funding, they will learn and appreciate their value.
Team

Founding Story

While at Maseno University I had formed a Think Tank to generate ideas and promote them on social media. A video of the same is part of this presentation. We were successful back then and were able to get 17 community projects running. However, after campus, we went in different directions and lost touch. Nevertheless, when I came back to my county, the situation was deplorable and there was absolute lack of transparency and accountability while grassroots democracy had died with respect to enterprise hence leading to the idea that its government to provide jobs. This broke my heart because being a student of government, I know that its the people who employ a government. I hope to bring confidence, hope, and success through this project.

Team

In the project I have divided roles depending on stages. At the beginning, we shall have an overall manager for the entire execution and he shall undertake administrative functions. A Supervisor who will establish and maintain links with Think Tanks and Community-based groups and an ICT professional who will be in charge of marketing, networking, and overall project visibility. The team will be working full time and grow with responsibilities.
About You
About You
First Name

Simeon

Last Name

Ogonda

About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

Kenya, Kisumu

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, Kisumu

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government, National government, Customers.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?

My Project is part of 56 follow-on projects by State Department Fellows of the Community Solutions Program.

Tell us about your partnerships

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX): IREX is providing the fellowship with a four month practicum in the United States and opportunity for program development. This has enabled me access to a community mentor, a supervisor in a host organization, a group of like-minded community solutions program leaders from 33 countries to network with and contact point to assist me in developing my project

StartUp Africa (startupafrica.org): I work with StartUp Africa in implementing their Diamond Challenge Africa Program in Kenya and Uganda. This has provided me with ground experience and an opportunity to better understand the issues I seek to address in my project. I have a team of volunteers who are part of the program I will be running for the next four years
Barack Omondi Angujo: He is a fellow investor in the project and a partner in our Consultancy Firm (I am the other partner). He is a graduate of Computer Science and Mathematics and is critical in Information Systems Development for this project.
Millennial-Legacy Consultants: Office resources for this Consultancy Firm will enable the project run its activities for the first few months until it can secure funding to establish itself.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Apart from financial challenges which have informed my decision to reach out through this application, I expect cultural challenges, the socialization of corruption as part of life in my country, and the establishment of a negative perception towards Non-profits. I shall address the cultural challenges by ensuring that community groups I work with undergo orientation on community relations and organize project visits for people to visit different projects and share lessons. When i manage to secure funding, I will also establish some networking training to enable the groups keep constant communication with one another to share best practices. The challenge of socialization is what i intend to solve in the medium term through awareness on the economic and social benefits of transparency. Since Non-profits are thought to be enterprises of managers, this project shall utilize grassroots democracy where each community group will be invited to comment on budgets in order to ensure that they are aware of what is developed on behalf of the community. I had tried these ideas on a smaller scale as a student and I shall perfect them in this project

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

This project provides two important skills for young people. It enables them to utilize critical thinking and analytic skills in developing community solutions through these think tanks. They gain an understanding of their social environment and allow themselves to nurture knowledge for communities. This is an important skill that Corporate Institutions and Non-Profit Organizations I have worked for/with require at all times. Secondly, the project provides young people with opportunities to grow community businesses that will have the capacity to provide them with employment opportunities when they leave Universities as they will be able to gain work and more work experience by working in rural areas. Finally, when young people leave institutions of higher learning, they have little financial capacity to sustain living in cities and instead of going there to live in ghettos, they can invest time and energy in working in relatively affordable rural communities and work there while gaining more experience within the first three years of completing college

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?

13-17, 18-35.

Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Professional Development, Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, Community, Mentorship, Products or Services, Rural Economies.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Boys/Men, Girls/Women.

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

501 to 1,000

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers

10-100

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Job creation lacks adequate coordination between the government, private sector and development organizations

Comments

Schandorf Adu Bright's picture

What would be your income generation model? I suggest you help raise funds also to invest in some great start ups you come across through your empowerment programs. Involve the traditional leaders and donors to build incubation centers to ensure sustainability of your project. Its great idea, good luck!

Good Management is one recipe that is lacking in almost 60% of the profit and nonprofit entities in our less developed countries. Youths being the pillars of tomorrow in development, there’s an urgent call to the world to start with them today, for a better tomorrow. I love your Idea because, if we can train and empower youths in Formulating and executing transparent operating policies, providing good service, maintaining financial soundness, and implementing operating efficiencies, our communities have a bright future ! Thanks Simeon Ogonda.

Simeon Ogonda's picture

Thank you for creating this discussion about Ee4C. We have begun implementing this project by identifying the community based organizations we shall be working with and the county government of Kisumu through its different wards are leading the effort to assist us in identifying groups that are in need of this program in the county. Maseno University through ENACTUS (Entrepreneurs in Action) are also preparing for the selection of think tanks in January when they report for the Semester. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone who is interested to ask questions provide comments on our model and assist us in even making this intervention better. When this project clocks its first twelve months of operation, it shall have created employment opportunities for at least 300 persons within the county and that can translate to up to 250 households hence the desire to pursue it as a viable solution for Kisumu County and the Republic of Kenya

This is a remarkable project presentation. Keep it up bro.

This is an initiative that needs to be encouraged.It should not be limited to Kenya only but should cover the whole of Africa.It feels good to see and know that youths have such developmental ideas burning in them and are willing to share.
Simeon Ogonda,you are great and may this be the springboard to many more initiative through out Africa.Kudos

Great and realistic Project. Keep it up