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Crafting a business idea as creative (Musician, painters, guitarist, DJ, Graphic Designers, Photographer etc.). On Saturday 1st February 2020 we engaged around 35 young creative on different pathways of kick start a business. Young people have the energy, diverse talent … Continue reading

Training Of Trainers (TOT) at Hope Raisers Initiative

Hope Raisers Initiative is a vibrant youth organization based in Baba Dogo Bega Kwa Bega centre. They are doing amazing work in the community through music, sound production, arts, DJ, skating and soccer.
On Friday 31st January 2020, we conducted a session that highlighted different areas within the organization system especially focusing on the below objectives;

 

 

  1. How to write / design creative reports.
  2. How to capture relevant stories.
  3. How to improve their mentor-ship program.
  4. How to formulate teaching guidelines.
  5. How to collect and analyze data.

Key take away; 

  •  We looked at how to use the Gantt chart for planning activities and tasks.
  •  Creative ways of reports, especially using info-graphic
  • .We looked at different types of reports from those that are limited within donor specifications, info-graphic, annual report and internal progress report.
  • We developed a framework that will capture data in the most effective and efficient manner. The framework is comprised of the type of report and department, whom the report is meant for, who is responsible, when the report is required, how to capture data and expected results.

Creative Entrepreneurship Crafting a business idea as creative

Creative Entrepreneurship
Crafting a business idea as creative (Musician, painters, guitarist, DJ, Graphic Designers, Photographer etc.).

On Saturday 1st February 2020 we engaged around 35 young creative on different pathways of kick start a business. Young people have the energy, diverse talent that can transform ecosystem of the creative sector to the next level as pacesetters.

There are few spaces in Easterlands that offer the platform for the youth to train, amplify their voices connect and innovate as per the market needs.
Hope Raisers Initiative is at the forefront in ensuring the youth get the much need support in terms of technical and creative skills.

In an ever evolving market young people need to learn more in diverse areas despite having the best talent. Some areas that pose the biggest challenge to their personal and career development as creative entrepreneurs are:

 

  1. Learn the art of self-marketing.
  2. How start a business model around their craft.
  3. How to forge the right or ideal partners
  4. How understand and plan around the What, Why, Who and How of the business.
  5. How to identify the right timing
  6. How to raise capital for their venture
  7. How to spot opportunity
  8. How to develop a person brand both offline and online

Training objective;

 

    1.  Understand how to use the 5 P’s of business marketing mix to position their business strategically. The 5 P’s – People, Price, Product, Promotion and Place.
    2. Understand the problem they want to solve through their venture and identify who has the problem.
    3. Create a solution for the problem identified and describe the solutions in terms of benefits it provide to consumers or customer (target group).
  1. Create a value proposition on how they (customer and venture) will measure value offered.
  2. Create a budget on how they will utilize the funds available in starting a small venture using $500.

Methodology used;
This was a more practical session whereby we used 20% to explain different insights and 80% used for group discussion and presentation as illustrated on the pictures below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partnership for Good Between Wilsen Initiative and Hope Raisers Initiative

There is more we can achieve through collaboration than working is silos or in competition with each other, especially in the creative sector and social enterprise venture. One of the challenges is in finding the ideal partner that you share the common ideology around a subject matter, the values and the vision. Crafting a win-win balance is another hurdle that might come your way if you miss to connect with the ideal partner.

 Good News!



We are happy to announce that Wilsen initiative and Hope Raiser Initiative have found common synergies to partner together in running the first pilot of Women Make It Happen program which will be hosted at the Hope Raisers office located at Baba Dogo Bega Kwa Bega centre.

Second left is Mrs. Helder Akinyi of DH Bakers donating the cake.

 

 

Cake donated by Mrs. Helder
Akinyi of DH Bakers




About Women Make IT Happen program 

This is a platform to train, mentor and encourage women from Eastland’s in Nairobi, Kenya to take a more pro-active approach in leadership, business and technology. We will be hosting training boot camps (master classes) and events around the three thematic areas. We target women from the age of 17yrs to 35 years.

What informed the idea?

Due to the high cost of education, especially after secondary education, not many youth and women from informal settlements in Eastland’s are in a position to train themselves further to the desired level and the lucky few who have been able to get a college or university training finds it tough to venture into self-employment in a job shrinking economy.

The situation is even worse for school dropouts who face a number of challenges and will do anything to survive within the many chains of disruptions and evolution that is taking place, it is important for anyone who wants to stay relevant to identify areas for growth without the exception of business, technology and leadership.

Our Mission:  We want to provide different learning experiences as a result inspiring new culture for self-learning, adaptability, innovation, creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and lifelong learning.

Our Values

  • Quality learning
  • Professionalism
  • Participatory learning
  • Relevance (content and context)

 The Goals

We champion the 17 SDG’S and choose to focus more on;

  • GOAL 4: Quality Education
  • GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

We want to provide different learning experiences as a result inspiring new culture for self-learning, adaptability, innovation, creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and lifelong learning.

Program Cornerstone

 

  • Leadership – Leading Self and Others.
  • Technology – How to embrace different aspect of technology in creating a sustainable career and business pathways.
  • Business – Developing the right business acumen towards profitability and employability.Some of the activities; – Master classes, field visit and events at location.

 Objectives 

  1. To inculcate the ‘SayDo’ philosophy.
  2. To train the women in creative ICT skills.
  3. To encourage the women to take leadership positions in difference spaces.
  4. To encourage women to co-create
  5. To encourage mentor-ship and giving back.
  6. To train in 21st century skills to spark new ways of thinking and doing things.
  7. Train in business and leadership skills.
  8. To encourage Women to take technical skills training.
  9. To cultivate linkage opportunities with like-minded institutions.
  10. To inspire a more professional self-esteem and work ethics to enable interaction beyond Eastlands.
  11. To create platform for networking and knowledge transfer.

 Expected Outcomes

  1. A more informed women society with the right skills to tackle social, economic well-being for a better society through job creation and opportunities.
  2.  Partnership with like-minded organization in Technology, Business and Leadership with a more focus improving the capacity of women.
  3. Linkages for more training, internship and jobs for the women network.
  4. Establishment of mentor mentee network in leadership, business and technology

You can be part of the program as an institution, guest lecture get in touch with;-

  1. Wilson Masaka
    Wilsen initiative (Wi) founder
    Wilson.masaka@gmail.com
  2. Daniel Onyango
    Director, Hope Raiser initiative
    onyangodaniels@gmail.com

Women Make It Happen – The Entrepreneur the Network

It was a great pleasure to connect with Mrs. Helder Oduor who was one of my students at NairoBits in the year 2007/08. It’s now 12 years since we met, I was very surprised and honored when she reached out to me on social media with an offer for a free cake that was to be delivered to one of my sessions.

On 2nd February 2020 we had a great session at Hope Raisers Initiative in Baba Dogo about how to craft business ideas as creative either as a musician, painter, graphic designer, DJ etc. It was the perfect timing to host Helder as a guest speaker, she shared her journey in business starting with her desire to start a business to the current status.
Helder’s journey started as a creative from graphic designer to owning a business in bakery among other ventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake baked and donated by Helder Akinyi of DH Bakers

Helder runs a bakery business called DH Bakers, graphic design services, matt weaving among other business.

Key take away from her insights.

  1.  How to build business relationships.
  2. How to understand the market.
  3. Dealing with clients.
  4. Building a sustainable personal brand online and offline.
  5. Building a sustainable brand for the venture.
  6. How to start and stay in the game by developing business strategy.
  7. Finding courage to start and how to deal with rejection.

Hope Raisers initiative and Wilsen initiative seek to organize more inspiration journey of Women, especially targeting technology, business and leadership inspire a community of women to do more and be more.

It is a journey we have started and we hope it will spark the ripple effect to get in touch with the ideal partners to do more together.

We want to build lasting, structured networks between Women in Eastland’s and beyond inspired through technology, business and leadership.

Read more about Women Make It Happen and you can be part of the program as an institution or become a guest lecturer.

Mr. Wilson Masaka
Wilsen initiative (Wi) founder
Wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Mr. Daniel Onyango
Director, Hope Raiser initiative
onyangodaniels@gmail.com

The Start of Wilsen Initiative 1999 – 2000 As a Thought Process

DID YOU KNOW, @ Wilsen Initiative started in 1999 – 2000 as a thought process, idea then later matured into an initiative it is today… It has been along journey any yet we haven’t reached our desired destination of having a resource centre where the youth would be trained in 21st century skill which will increase their chance for self employment and employed in other spaces…

Currently we are looking for support to reach our bigger vision… Read more on the 15 slides and http://www.wilseninitiative.wordpress.com

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer program

Every year we plan and coordinate Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament together with community coaches and volunteer youth leaders. We started tournament in 2011, and yesterday we successful concluded the 8th edition which was well attended.

The Challenge

We don’t have the required resources to live our full desire of helping grassroot clubs and players especially U10 and U12 acquire the right gears for the game from soccer shoes (boots), balls, uniforms etc.

We want to thank all our friends who have come on board sometimes on short notice in helping us acquire balls, uniforms and soccer shoes for the players U10 & U12.

Success

Apart from the annual soccer tournament featuring the seniors, U10 and U12 players we continue to mobilize for resources all through the year for grassroots clubs in Mathare North especially for U10 and U12 teams.

In 2019 we we able to reach 10 young stars with soccer shoes. One senior team, U10 and U12 with branded Wilsen Initiative uniforms.

What next?

Our target is to at least reach 35 young stars and 15 teams with soccer boots, uniforms and balls in 2020.

Areas you can support us in the next edition 2020 tournament ;

Soccer balls, uniforms, officiating, communication, documentary (Video and photography) and awards.

Ongoing activity through the year and areas of possible collaboration;

1. Soccer shoes (boots) campaign for children U10 and U12.
2. Life-skill training for coaches and players.
3. Soccer resource mobilization from balls, shoes, uniforms etc for soccer club in Mathare North.
4 Organizing and sponsoring U10 and U12 tournaments during school holiday

Finals of The 8th Edition Of MNFSST 2019 /2020

All pictures as captured during the finals… Enjoy!

Happy new year 2020, may you have a sporting 2020

 

Finals of The 8th Edition Of MNFSST 2019 /2020

During the festive season schools are closed and majority of young people idle around spending time in anything they think is necessary without a second thought and to their detriment during this period youth indulge in vices such as crime, drug abuse, endless parties just to mention but a few.

The foundation of the tournament is to create a platform where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders. Since inception in 2011 we have had a total of 16 teams participating from within Mathare.

South B. United were crowned the Champions of the 8th Edition of MNFSST 2019/20. South B. United clinched the day by winning 1-0 against resilient Home Boys F.C.The match was attend by approximately 350+ people, and we hope everyone was entertained by the quality of the tournament and talented players.

We want to appreciate everyone who made the tournament a success from the teams, coaches, fan base, committee and friends. We hope the 9th edition will be even bigger and better. Special mention Pieter Jan de Bruijn, Calvo, Moses Wambia, George Nzioka, George Kamau , Eriko, and Kamuzi Banda, thanks for your support.

Main goals.

  1. Safe space for youth during the festive season.
  2. Promote peaceful coexisting of people in the community.
  3. Promote soccer talents

Areas you can support us in the next edition 2020 tournament ;

  1. Soccer balls.
  2. Uniforms.
  3. Officiating and communication.
  4. Documentary (Video and photography)
  5. Awards

Nine Important Things to Consider, Community Grassroots Soccer Tournament

It’s now 8 years since I initiated the Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament. The main purpose of the tournament is to engage the youth in meaningful activity, especially during the long festive season in December. We believe the tournament will create an avenue for the youth to interact among themselves and the wider community.
Lastly, through soccer we get a platform to advise the youths to stay out of drugs, crime and alcohol.

There are a lot of milestones to celebrate and in equal measure there are a lot lessons, and challenges we have to deal with each year.

Below are 10 important things to consider when organizing a community grassroots Soccer especially with limited resources.

1. The teams
Map the teams and explain the concept of the tournament. Determine if the teams will have to pay registration fee or not.

2. The pitch:
Do you have full access to a field or will you have to hire one?

3. The organizing committee and Support group
Who else is involved in the logistic and all planning? And are they available to volunteer? Do they understand how their role will create value and add to the tournament success. Who among your friends (network) is willing to walk with you through the journey?

4. The purpose
Explain the main purpose / objective of the tournament. Is it for social gain or political gain? Defining the WHY.

5. The communication plan
Ensure you arrange in person meetings with the teams, follow up calls, poster, SMS and social media. There should be only one person handling the communication.

6. The awards
Who is sponsoring the tournament? Is it from team’s contribution or 3rd party? Let the team know what they are playing for at the appropriate time.

7. The security and community.
How will security be arranged? How will the community be involved and will it be directly or indirectly?

8. The tournament rules
What are the rules of the tournament? Share with the teams before the start of the tournament.

9. The documentation.
How are you going to document the tournament? Think of videos, pictures and blogs.