The pandemic has created an economic downturn that is having a disproportionate impact on lower-income nations. Combined with the upcoming 2022 Kenyan election that has historically caused the economy to stall, you can begin to see major challenges facing East African entrepreneurs and the families who depend on their companies for survival. To help entrepreneurs survive and ultimately grow their ventures, we are increasing the number of scholarships we offer. Funded opportunities that have a proven track record of helping businesses thrive despite challenges.
Join us by making a contribution that will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 by the end of the year.
James Nyamai graduated from our Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy in 2019 thanks to the Sinapis Scholarship Fund. James is the founder and CEO of Bioafriq Energy and Taliana Foods.
James recently won our 2021 Kenya Business Competition and will receive a $10,000 grant to invest in Taliana Foods.
Rev. Edward Ondachi shares how churches, including Mavuno church where he serves, have been caught flat-footed by the ravaging effect of Covid-19. Mavuno had to cut its 120 pastoral full-time staff by nearly 50%. However, he believes that now is the best time to train church workers and pastors on skills that would help them start and thrive as entrepreneurs.
Yvette Ondachi, Sinapis East Africa Regional Director, shares her reflections on the upcoming 2022 Kenyan election as an entrepreneur who navigated the challenges of the last one. Elections bring insecurity and a stalled economy that affects everyone. Our work at Sinapis equips entrepreneurs with the tools needed to ride this impending storm and minimize suffering during these hard times.
Candi Fresh Kenya was born during the pandemic. Carolyne and her co-founder set out to create a disruptive business model to alleviate social and economic stress among those who had lost their jobs, especially young people transitioning from university into the workforce.
Carolyne launched her business in early 2020 with one food cart and has grown it to over 45 carts. She credits our Customer Discovery Journey process as a critical learning during her time in the Entrepreneur Academy this year.
Rev. Dr. Pete Odera believes we have an opportunity as leaders in the Kenyan community to show the way in mitigating the impact these crises have on our economy and social stratum. Organizations with the vision and capacity can find ways of direct funding for projects or programs that would fill the gap. I see this looming time as an opportunity for impact rather than gloom.
Dr. Odera provides additional perspective on the current conditions in Kenya and his vision of how the Church can maximize this impact during these uncertain times.