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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

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.

Developing The Entrepreneurial Spirit (Mindset Vs. Skill Set)

Featured post from our founder Mr. Wilson Masaka
www.wilsenx.blogspot.com

In the last decade, I have interacted with creative people either in a project, fellowship program or attended their events. One thing that is much of a concern is on how to develop a personal brand that delivers meaning and eventually earns them decent money throughout their creative life cycle.

As a passionate social entrepreneur, I love to create solutions based on the knowledge economy of existing and emerging trends where the creative people would get platform to learn other important aspects of their chosen craft that would connect the meaning and the money side.

Did you know you can have the right skills but fail to train the same in the right way? It becomes a double challenge, especially if you are to train a creative class with a bundle of knowledge. My passion and niche is in how to deliver quality training in a creative way using the right resources and more importantly, I encourage an environment where everyone learns including myself as the facilitator and lastly also important making learning to be fun.

I hope I just did that after honoring an invitation from Hope Raisers to train a group of creative people at their centre known as Bega Kwa Bega Creative Hub space in Babadogo.

The session was held on today (Wednesdays 20th November 201) and the main topic was on how to develop the entrepreneurial spirit that focuses on the mindset and the skill set required in their field of practice. In attendance we had Musicians, Dj’s, Actors, Dancers, Photographers, Drummer, Song Creative writers among others who are on a different level in their creative life cycle.

The main objective of the session;

  1. Train on how to develop the right mindset and skill set.
  2. How to innovate around existing markets
  3. How to disrupt existing market in a positive way creating the next value chain.
  4. How to partner with other creative people in developing the business side of your craft.
  5. How to create meaning and eventual money.
  6. How to acquire the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set.
  7. How to use the business model canvas.
  8. How to create a Unique Selling Point (Unique Selling Point) in the creative sector where there are many other people doing the same things.
  9. Understand who is an entrepreneur and what pathways to take in a start-up.
  10. To kick-start the idea as an individual or as a team? What are the risks? Pro’s and Conn’s?
  11. How to spot opportunities.

Tools used in achieving some the above mentioned objective;

  • The business model canvas.
  • The Golden Circle. The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek

Below is the session in pictures.

In all the training I have facilitated either in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania it emerges that the majority of creative people are keen on improving their skills set which is more on the technical side and less in done in the other front of mindset which I would classify under soft skills. The soft skills here are the extras you bring into the craft which will create your unique identity, think about the attitude, professional ethics, pitching, teamwork, interpersonal skill, problem solving, innovation, creativity, adaptability, time management, personal branding, communication and so on.

Get in touch with me for a session with your team in photography, self marketing, storytelling, social media, blogging, communication, teamwork and many more.

The session is designed in three fold that is;

The ATTITUDE side.
The SKILLS side.
The KNOWLEDGE side
I call it the ASK model! wilson.masaka@gmail.com

#SkillUP2019 Are You Looking for a Professional Youth Facilitator?

Apart from skills and talent we bring passion, professionalism and participation in ensuring quality and lifelong learning in the youth space.

We speak the youth language; we are knowledgeable, inspirational, versatile, and outgoing. Contact us on web design, graphic design, entrepreneurship, photography, social media, life skills and personal branding. The lessons are packaged well to connect with what participants know plus what they need to know to scale into the next level using the ASK model (A= Attitude, Skills and Knowledge). Our philosophy; Learning by doing, everyone learns, fun learning and participatory learning. Email; Wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Skill UP 2019: Employ-ability and Finances

#SkillUP2019 #YOUTHSPACE It was a success! Thanks to all who came and we do hope you learned something remember you need 20% knowledge or information 80% is your behavior while as for ideas you only require 1% and 99% in your ACTION.

Main Topic: Achieving financial freedom as young people (Saving plan, investment, starting a business, partnerships etc.

Main Objective: Introduce to the youth the principle of money and how to create a sustainable financial portfolio or culture through acquired skills, knowledge, business, partnerships etc.

http://www.wilseninitiative.wordpress.com

#sustainability #partnerships #business #leadership #networking #training #coaching #startup

What Next?

We want to partner with many individual professionals and organizations in reaching out many young people who come from marginalized or disadvantaged communities. SKILL UP is about lifelong learning mostly focusing on a daily experiences which some haven’t been captured in the same ways in the confines of a classroom.

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our program. Email wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Meet the Passionate Coach with Golden Heart for Soccer.

Today I want to appreciate coach Omore for his dedication in nurturing soccer talent in the community level also known as grassroots soccer. Many successful soccer stars like Mariga, Wanyama, Oliech just to mention but a few came from a humble beginning, playing soccer in the dusty fields such as drago, depo, red carpet and many others. Coaches at the grassroots levels have been instrumental in nurturing our greatest talents and in rare occasions they get to be acknowledged for their efforts or even supported to grow their skills despite facing many challenges in the team and the surrounding environment.

Omore is a true example of a coach with passion and despite his physical challenge he is one of the dedicated coaches that has many teams in our community in Mathare North. He is in charge of Mathare North Rangers teams from the age of 12, 14 and over 16 years, one of his biggest achievement is winning the top prize of the just concluded Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2017/ 2018.

 

 

Dribbling skills session with players U14

Wilsen Initiative (WI) has been supporting Mathare North Rangers teams and our immediate goal is to have exposure for the coach and the players through playing tournaments and participating in more profession soccer coaching courses and life skills training to perfect their skills.

We invite well wishers to help us with soccer shoes, balls, uniforms etc, to help our coach and his team achieve the desired dream.

Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com