We have made our first investments in Mombasa and graduated our 2nd cohort of trainees! Our 3rd cohort is going to start this May, with 40 trainees it will be our biggest cohort yet. We will provide digital training to 80 aspiring entrepreneurs with 40 being accepted into our 3-month training program.
And we are getting ready to launch our Mombasa Hub later this year! Your kind donations have helped get us closer to our goal. Please keep sharing our campaign to build Mombasa!
Some examples of entrepreneurs we have invested in are:
Purity and Dennis have created a fish freezer that makes it affordable for fisherman to keep their fish for longer. With a pay as you go model fishermen are able to own the freezer after a year. These fish freezers are made fiberglass and connected to solar, making them durable and good for the environment.
Rosaly recycles used tires to create swahili footwear and accessories. She trains and works with youth from her community in order to create jobs, employing 9 youth already. Her vision is to be able to expand to international markets so that she can create more jobs.
Alfred has a construction company that trains youth on how to build affordable housing. He trains for free in agreement that his trainees work for him for 6 months after graduating. He is creating jobs for the youth while improving the quality of life of the people in his community .
Why will our Mombasa Hub be important?
Our hub will be a safe space for entrepreneurs from low-resource areas. We will provide free internet and access to computers and entrepreneurship material. By locating our hub in a low-resource area of Mombasa we will be easily accessible to the communities we are working in. Our hub will also be a location to display the different products that our entrepreneurs have, it will be a point of contact for our entrepreneurs and their clients. Furthermore, there is a shortage of hubs that focus on the development of women and youth, our hub will provide a facility that fosters creativity and innovation among these demographics.
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as you read through this update. 2020 has been a very challenging year for all of us, but it has also highlighted how the ubuntu (the essential human virtue of compassion) spirit that has created a global community to support each other through tough times.
Given that Thanksgiving is in a few days, we wanted to give an update on where we are with our current Learning and Livelihoods campaign. And thank each of you for supporting our initiatives through your donations. The impact of your donations has, and continues to have, far reaching multiplier effects in the communities where we work.
Since our last update, we have successfully launched our digital training program, DigiSomo, and rolled it out across three cities in Kenya. Our digital training content covers topics such as customer service, personal vs. business finance and competitive analysis. Digisomo is available in 3 forms; DigiMessage, DigiVoice and DigiVideo. DigiVideo is free on our Youtube channel, please have a look and leave us a comment! Our trainees have been very receptive to these new modes of training, and we have received encouraging reviews from them. They are pleased with the lesson structure and delivery style and have used the training to improve their capacity as leaders within their businesses. At the moment, the content is in English; one of our next steps is creating the same content in Kiswahili.
By Juliet Nila - Marketing and Media Relation Lead, Somo
Hi Somo and Metis Community!
Thank you to those who donated to support Learning and Livelihoods during COVID-19! Below is an update on what we achieved.
We reached 2,082 vulnerable families with the food products, hygiene supplies and masks and supported 44 small businesses around Nairobi and Kisumu. We bundled these supplies with Metis Home Learning Guides that have supported youth from vulnerable families to continue learning from home.
In partnership with Arifu, Metis has availed learning content that is being distributed via SMS and WhatsApp to support learners from vulnerable families. As well, Somo has developed easy-to-use WhatsApp and video-based content that tells local stories, as well as gamified quizzes to reinforce learning.
We are currently creating dial-in voice messages to make our learning content accessible to learners with a low level of literacy — story-based training content that gives them the tools to learn from home or run successful businesses.