International development projects often exchange the cycle of poverty for a cycle of dependence. Our partners, with whom we've participated in business and community development over 7 years, told us the key to breaking the cycle of poverty is education. We created the Global Entrepreneur Academy (GEA) so that leaders in Nairobi and beyond could gain the skills to run sustainable projects and impact their communities with the triple bottom line business philosophy: people, planet, profits.
The Global Entrepreneur Academy equips people to use available financing to create sustainable enterprises that meet their own needs and situations. Participants e.g. - leaders from Schools for Disabled & Disadvantaged, HIV/AIDS Support, Microfinance
Each Academy trains 10 community leaders in business skills, provides them with mentors and a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs. Graduates will (and already do) provide employment, education, vocational training, HIV/AIDS support, & Women's Empowerment