A Story of Impact:
In early June, 18 year-old Shikoli joined us as a sales agent. His pregnant wife was in the hospital facing complications. Unable to pay the hospital bills, was anxious. He knew he had to sell - a lot. During his first week, his sales were below average. Frustrated, he worked harder. After his second week, began setting up his products as early as 5 AM in front of his house to capture the attention of his neighbors who were beginning the walk to work. He would then set up the same products every night at around 7 PM when the same people would return from work, with more time. It worked! Within two weeks of working with us, he was telling inspirational stories during the 8 AM sales meeting. He became the #1 sales agent, and his wife had a healthy baby after all.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT.
Dear Lively GlobalGivers,
We’d like to share some of our accomplishments with you.
Since our launch last year, 27 youth have sold over solar lamps and fuel-efficient cook stoves to over 1,400 families in Nairobi slum communities. Through their creativity and resilience, our youth have generated over $15,000 in sales revenue, which has been reinvested in expanding our impact. This month, we’re hiring 10 more youth. Next month, we’ll hire more. Thank you for helping us give youth rich with potential an opportunity – a job with dignity.
Mercy, one of our youths who just moved on to pursue her education, left this unsolicited (and unedited) post on our Facebook page about her work with our sales force, iSmart Kenya:
“ismart kenya is the best place any youth can enjoy being.when i joined livelyhoods i didn't knew I'll reach this far. I specifically recognized tania and maria springer for coming up with this idea. I also appreciate anyone who contributed in raising this project.personally I benefited mentally,socially being part of ismart. I never regret at one point”
Additionally, here are some of our other achievements:
-With the help of former Procter & Gamble employee, we’re overhauling our training and sales curriculum.
- Tania Laden, our Director of Operations, and iSmart Kenya was given an award from Paradigm Project for being an excellent distributor of fuel-efficient cook stoves.
-Maria Springer, our Executive Director, was selected as a Cordes Fellow, which gives promising social entrepreneurs a scholarship to attend the Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico
-We were selected as one of 300 semifinalists from a pool of 3,508 for Echoing Green, an organization that invests $90,000 in bold social entrepreneurs and organizations.
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