As we celebrate Vision Africa's tenth anniversary, we have set a challenge to all our project leaders including those at Kibera Mpira Mtaani. By December 2013 our projects should be raising 30% of their budgets through income generating activities with a view to increasing that to 50% by 2015.
Kibera Mpira Mtaani has risen to the challenge. As their first interest was initially football, they have subscribed to satellite television and broadcast football matches to the residents of Kibera for a small fee. Between the English Premier League and European Championships there are lots of matches to be shown. The charges vary depending on the teams playing with the highest fees for matches such as Manchester Utd vs. Arsenal. This business has recently expanded with bottled sodas being sold to those watching the matches.
Another Income Generating Activity that Kibera Mpira Mtaani has started is the hire of tents and chairs. These can be hired for a fee for events such as weddings, church services or football tournaments. This business also has potential to grow through the addition of a PA system.
By running these businesses, Kibera Mpira Mtaani is able to pay for the rent of a room that can be used for children to study in. They can also pay something to the volunteer teachers who tutor students in the after-school program and can buy paraffin for the lamps that are used when there is no electricity.
Three members of the team from Kibera Mpira Mtaani attended a workshop last week which gave them skills and knowledge to develop their Income Generating Activities to the next level.
These are the first steps towards a more sustainable future for Kibera Mpira Mtaani as they continue to work with over 300 children on a daily basis. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. We appreciate your contribution which is of great value as we work together until self-sustainability is achieved.
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