Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Pacific University Emerging Leader Award -To be awarded March 2015
Pitch 3: Best Social Entrepreneurship Pitch - March 2014
Under35CEO’s Africa’s Remarkable 30 under 25 - December 2013
International Youth Forum: Young Entrepreneur of the Week - April 2013
Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development work - March 2013
British Council Global ChangeMakers - November 2011
Tell us about your partnerships
- In the past we have partnered with the British Council and Global Changemakers. We received a grant of 1000 Euros from the two organizations to initiate our micro-loans program.
We also later partnered with We Are Family Foundation, where the foundation granted us with $500 USD to further our micro loans programs.
We currently do not have any partners. However, in the future we are looking to partner with designer Nicole Hanley Mellon, who has already shown interest in using our fabrics for her designs.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Our main fear is the market we are venturing into. Fashion is ever-changing, we fear that designers may show an interest in african fabrics today but in the future, their interest might change. We plan to tackle this challenge by collaborating with various industries instead of just clothing industries. For example we will look into using our fabrics for various purposes such as table clothes, baby carriers, hammocks and phone covers.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
We work with young women who are unemployed and not enrolled with school. They do not have any of those two opportunities at hand. We create a platform for them to develop skills and also to be employed. This will allow them an income to afford basic necessities, and also to invest in education which for the future is essential to build careers.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Job Creation, Education - Extracurricular, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community, Online Learning, Mentorship, New industries, Products or Services, Rural Economies.
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.
Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets
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.
Lack of youth empowerment