ACi-Kenya Alumni Chapter Coronavirus Campaign.
ACi-Kenya Alumni Chapter Coronavirus Campaign.
The forum kicked off at 2.00 pm by Miss Sharon who introduced the team and explained what African Changemakers Organization was and why we had come to visit. Thereafter, Miss Patricia Onduu started off on Academic mentoring. She introduced to the students a study technique known as an Alibi study technique (AST). This study technique emphasizes on group work and achieving set targets both individually and as a group. It encourages peer teaching and
Thereafter the students were divided into two groups, the girls different from the boys. The boys were mentored by Mr. Kennedy Kachwanya and Mr. Suleiman Ngige while the girls were mentored by Miss Sharon, Patricia, Vallary and Beverlyne.
The ACMentorship sessions revolved around the following topics;
• Peer pressure
• Sex Education
• Menstrual Hygiene
• Discipline and Respect
• Career choices
• Life goals
• Women In Technology
We finally took the noble chance to distribute sanitary towels to each of the girls since one of the issues raised by most of them was lack of sanitary towels which was causing a lot of absenteeism from class. The program then ended at 5.30 pm. It was such a pleasure and a great time interacting with the students. One of the take home was that the students need regular mentoring sessions considering their background.
The event, overall, was a complete success.
I’m a young promising leader and an entrepreneur who believes in the strengths of women, as well as their vital contribution to spur development and bring change in our dynamic societies. I was born and brought up in Kiambu County, Kenya where I live to date thus I understand the many problems be-deviling us as well as our strengths and capacities. I started my career as a casual worker in a cosmetics company in 2004, I started working in the packaging department and later at the marketing department where I worked for a period of 1 year Later. I later joined an ICT company, SDAL as a sales executive where I worked for 3 years, Later I joined Redington Gulf for 5 years as a Sales Account Manager, and later Softchoice Africa as a Territory Partner Manager till 2014.
I got married in 2009 but unfortunately the marriage did not work, I was in an abusive marriage which was a very bad experience for when I came to learn I was married to a man who was threatened by my success. It took me over 3 years to be able to get out of it and finally I managed to move out , I went through a very difficult time emotionally but I am glad I walked out and was able to start a new life on my own not scared of starting life all over again.
Having gotten the legal divorce in 2014, I decided I needed to do something that will help other women who were in a situation like mine, some days I had no idea how I was going to do it, but every single day I was able to accomplish something. With the help of my mentors I was able to face the world and I started working on my leadership skills, so that I can help other women. I work with women in my community and to know that I inspire them to follow their dreams no matter the circumstances makes me feel accomplished.
My entreprenuership journey begun in 2015 after having worked in different ICT companies I felt I needed a more challenging role in building my own business as I had identified a niche in Intra-African trade. This was after realising that most young people did not believe they could make it in Africa and that we as Africans can sustain ourselves and that’s how Elaborate Events was founded. Elaborate Events is a Trade Fair and Conference Marketing company mainly focusing on promoting Intra-African Trade.
Despite Numerous challenges faced I have learnt to be resilient and I make best use of the opportunities available. I have received Awards and Recognition, among them are; YALI regional leadership on Entrepreneurship 2015, Most innovative Business Creation Exercise Award by UNCTAD, EMPRETEC 2017 and most recently admitted as an African ChangeMakers Fellow 2018 – Cohort 1. I plan to promote more Kenyan businesses to gain identity in Africa within the next few years. Discussions are currently underway with countries such as Ghana and Botswana. I invite like minded partners in other African countries to partner with me to be able to proactively promote African businesses and products. One thing I always tell women is not to be afraid to fail as failure is a learning path. It is not about how you fall, it is all about how you get back up after falling. Nothing can be more powerful than a woman determined to RISE.
Annabel Wambui Kamondo
CEO & Founder
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Annabel Wambui Kamondo (Kenya) is an awards winning business leader. She is the Founder and CEO of Elaborate Events, a business tourism company whose main focus is promoting intra-African trade through Trade Fairs and Conference Marketing.
Her dedication and hard-work have made her received many awards and recognitions, among them are: YALI regional leadership on Entrepreneurship 2015, Most innovative Business Creation Exercise Award by UNCTAD, EMPRETEC 2017, African ChangeMakers Fellow 2018 and most recently recognised by the British high Commission among WOB (women Owned Businesses) in Kenya and across the Commonwealth. Annabel is among the youngest CEOs in Kenyan Trade Delegations and equally mentors and helps other women entrepreneurs grow as the convener of Women in Business, KNCCI.
Annabel intends to promote more Kenyan businesses to gain visibility in Africa within the next few years. Discussions are currently underway with countries such as Ghana and Botswana. She invites the Government and County Governments through the Ministry of Trade to partner with her to be able to pro-actively promote Kenyan businesses and products to other African countries.
#AfricanChangeMakers #iamthechangeAFRICA #ChangemakerLeads
Annabel W. Kamondo,
Tel: 020 239 1211, Cell: 0721 704516.
Trade Fairs & Conference Marketing
The ACFellows introduced themselves to each other, providing a brief background of what they do.
Originally from Congo-Brazzaville, Christ Mouanga has a background in Bachelor of Arts and is interested in deepening his understanding of sustainable development goals. He has participated in fellowships and conferences to gain experience in social enterprise. He is interested in combining business and social enterprise and work in a NGO.
Nassor Mataka is a trainer and business mentor based in Mombasa, Kenya. He trains youth between ages 18 – 35 in business and entrepreneurship, labour market and also conducts mock interviews. He is currently introducing new programs that will cover sexual and reproductive rights and security.
Rosebell Abwonji is currently an Operations Officer working for a not-for-profit organisation in Narok, Kenya. She considers herself an intrapreneur and is passionate about plugging in to young businesses and developing sustainable systems that will lead to thriving enterprises.
Challenges That Social Entrepreneurs Face.
The ACFellows tackled some of the challenges that social entrepreneurs face and came up with the points below:
1. Congo Brazzaville
–Incompetence – We have great ideas but do not know how to move it from an idea into an actual project
–Funding – Financial resources are not easily available. Institutions like banks have prohibitive terms for most social entrepreneurs and limit what they can do
–Institutional environment – There is a lot of bureaucracy within institutions that prohibit social entrepreneurs from starting off
–Land – Social entrepreneurs focused on bringing up agricultural sectors face challenges acquiring land due to corruption and high prices. Also, while land in rural areas is cheaper, it is often inaccessible due to poor infrastructure.
–Electricity – In most parts, electricity is unreliable and prohibits a productive work environment
–Skilled labour – Most people are not properly trained and lack the necessary skills required to become successful social entrepreneurs.
–Infrastructure – Such as good roads, internet access etc are very poor and will need to be worked on so that more social entrepreneurs can come up
–Cultural Challenges – It is hard to adopt modern ideas and innovations to rural regions especially as the people from these regions may not be as informed as those from urban areas.
–Creative thinking – There is lack of creative thinking amongst social entrepreneurs. Most people prefer to imitate existing ideas as opposed to coming up with innovative solutions
–Land issues – There are a lot of land issues that social entrepreneurs face in the form of corruption, land grabbing and finding affordable property to undertake their projects
–Mentality of young people – With the rise of the millennials, it has become a challenge to manage , their attitude – expecting quick fixes, quick money, demanding for money but not willing to put the work in etc
–Financing – While some forms of funding are available eg Uwezo Funds, they are primarily given to groups and not individuals. This can be a challenge for social entrepreneurs who want to venture out on their won as they must always be in groups. Additionally, some of these funds are given by way of ‘connections’ with people working within the institutions or paying bribes
–Lack of ownership – Dependency on foreign aid is high among the communities. Therefore, when social entrepreneurs develop sustainable solutions for some communities they meet resistance as the communities would prefer to continue receiving free money from donors as opposed to working for themselves.
–Poor research – Some of the solutions offered by social entrepreneurs are not researched well and end up failing. Some of the research is based on the perception of the social entrepreneur as opposed to the actual needs and wants of the community they are working within.
Overall, the ACFellows agreed that the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs from both regions were very similar.
C) Learnings From African Changemakers Fellowship
The Fellows discussed the valuable lessons that they have picked up so far from the African Changemakers Fellowship:
–Cross exchange of ideas
–Diverse view points from people around the continent
D) Assistance From Other Fellows
The Fellows outlined the areas that they would be interested in getting assistance from other Fellows:
— Scholarship opportunities for social entrepreneurship and development, peace and security.
— Collaborative opportunities through volunteering/jobs with other fellows within these fields.
— Networking opportunities.
— Training and learning opportunities, specifically in Monitoring & Evaluation.
— Exchange visits.
— Platforms that encourage the exchange of ideas.
— Fellowships with organisations centred around innovation and transformative leadership
— Training opportunities around Africa and globally that focus on sustainable business systems and models
E) Professional Ambitions
There was a discussion on the professional ambitions of each fellow:
— Pursue a Masters Degree in
— Social Transformation or Peace & SecurityGet active within his networks
— Gain experience in volunteering –AU Youth Corp, UN Volunteer group
— Garner more experience and connections in social enterprise
— Pursue funding opportunities
— Continue his passion – working with communities and helping young people develop entrepreneurship skills
— Develop his skills further in Monitoring & Evaluation as well as project management
— Enhance his research skills
— Work with small businesses around the continent to gain further experience on setting up sustainable systems and innovation.
–Write a book that will highlight the stories of African business women holding leadership roles that will act as a learning tool and guide for future generations of African women.