Nakate Expanded: What’s Next for me in East Africa.
May 22, 2013 § 2 Comments
I’ve been busy!
We’re looking to expand this season, and I’m looking for a couple qualified, passionate individuals to help me do so on the ground in Uganda and Kenya.
Here’s a little bit about my model at Nakate, in case you’re not familiar:
Rather than focusing on poverty, disease or a “feel good” story, we seek to connect directly with Africa’s rising talent and enable them to do the work of empowerment in their own communities.
- We begin with networking within African diaspora and professionals on the continent and then connect them to self formed artisan groups on the ground, using African talent to nurture African growth and development.
- We seek out individuals in their 20s and 30s with vision for the continent’s future and a desire to learn more about social entrepreneurship.
- We make it a priority to create change within business models that are already formed in the local culture, both honoring the way the local business culture works, and seeking to use it for the development of smart business.
- Within this ideology, we have discovered that it is common for artisan groups of 50-200 women to form around Ugandan run AIDS clinics and sell together at the local market. This is the model we invest in.
- We run a 6 month test period with our young professionals as business development interns, asking them to connect us to a self formed group of female artisans, and help us bring them to scale in an international product market through developing their design, quality control and timetables to our standards.
- We have done this effectively for over a year, and are currently looking to put two more professionals into our intern process. We’ve developed a line of paper beads this way, and are looking to do it with three more product lines this year.
- We currently empower approximately 12 women to completely provide for their families, and provide supplemental income to dozens of others. We are looking to quadruple our impact in 2013.
Are you a young professional or aspiring entrepreneur in East Africa? Work with us on the ground.
Are you a shop or boutique looking to carry our line? Request our line sheet.
(Image via Monique Marie Photography)