We hear from three learners about the experiences on their programme and the impact it has had on their organisations. Find out more about their stories below.
"The practical nature of the programme sets it apart in terms of the benefit I was able to gain"
Founder of Fix Forward, Joshua Cox attended the Measuring Social Impact programme to explore how he could more effectively measure their social impact. Fix Forward is a social enterprise aimed at assisting tradesmen from low-income communities to realise their potential as entrepreneurs. They connect hand-picked tradesmen to clients via an online marketplace.
Fix Forward also provides the tradesmen with a 12-month entrepreneur development programme, including e-learning, coaching and mentoring.
"The programme was extremely helpful, not just in terms of gaining an understanding of some of the core principle of impact measurement, but in equipping the participants with practical tools to develop a theory of change."
After attending the programme, Joshua and the team mapped out their theory of change to describe and illustrate how and why desired change is expected to happen.
The team has also been able to significantly improve their theory of change by bringing greater clarity to the mission they are working to achieve. This has shifted their thinking strongly towards looking at outcomes rather than purely outputs, as it is this type of thinking that makes real change possible. Today, Fix Forward has implemented a version of the Poverty Stoplight to more effectively measure the outcome of their programme.
"Through this programme, I have been able to understand that as a social entrepreneur it’s my responsibility to recognize the social problems in my community and bring about social change in that same community through entrepreneurial endeavours - doing good while making a profit"
Richard Muchiri Wanjohi took part in the Journey to Social Enterprise programme in 2017. He has gone on to found Nguluni Agrivision Enterprise, a Kenyan registered business operating as a social enterprise that addresses challenges associated with SDG number 8, decent work and economic growth.
The Journey to Social Enterprise programme which Richard took part in was hosted by FIFA and Street Football World in partnership with Social Enterprise Academy. At the time, Richard was working with Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), a community development organization in Kenya that uses sports to create broad socio-economic development. After completing the programme, Richard and his team started MYSA Health and Fitness Centre and MYSA Sports Cafe, as the social enterprise arm of Mathare Youth Sports Association.
Equipped with this experience and the knowledge and skills gained on the programme, Richard felt passionate about making a difference in his community.
He left MYSA and co-founded Nguluni Agrivision Enterprise, a start-up social enterprise that addresses unemployment with an agribusiness solution called the "Shamba Bank". The organization recruits women and young girls involved in stone quarrying, sand harvesting and charcoal burning activities and trains them in agriculture. “Shamba” is a Swahili name for a farm. The Shamba bank system operates as a normal banking system, the only difference is clients deposit farm produce instead of cash against their accounts. Basically, Nguluni Agrivision Enterprise operates as a farm with shared ownership.
The system eliminates brokers and middlemen and members enjoy larger economies to scale as they market and sell their produce in bulk. The Shamba Bank innovative solution has helped create decent jobs as well as strengthen environmental conservation efforts in the community of Nguluni.
"Understanding the difference between training and facilitation has made me view learning differently. I have certainly grown in my ability to support and empower the next generation of African leaders and businesses"
Nizenandi Machi, took part in the Facilitation Skills programme last year. As the Managing Director of Karani Leadership, Nizenandi was looking for a unique facilitation skills programme for her team which resonated with their style. They needed a specific programme that could assist them in achieving greater impact. Based on the principles of strengths-based learning and coaching, the Facilitation Skills programme gave her the opportunity to view learning in a way that caters for different learning styles.
Kerani Leadership is a strategy and leadership development consultancy, born out of a desire to advance leadership in African youth through entrepreneurship and capacity building. The organisation assists institutions that empower young leaders, with effective strategies and curricula to achieve their mission.
Subsequent to the programme, Karani Leadership has been successfully facilitating capacity building and leadership programmes, enabling young leaders to discover, understand and live out their talents to affect change in their spheres of influence.