Last week I travelled to Kenya for the first time. With only 5 days for my entire trip, I had the opportunity to participate in 3 extremely important meetings focused on improving the lives of women on the African continent.
My first meeting was with the program Manager of Akili Dada foundation, an organization that aims to empower young women through their 3 main programs.
- Angaza: A program that facilitates the access of young girls through primary and secondary school
- Washa: A program that invests in young women leaders at different levels in their personal and professional journeys by building their foundsations and setting them up for growth and more substantive social and economic impact.
- Urithi: A program that equips girls and young women with necessary skills to make informed decisions themselves and their futures, thereby building their legacy in their spheres of influence.
During the meeting, we discussed the potential for a technical partnership between Akili Dada and myself as a business coach, with my specific mission being to provide business mentorship to young women aged between 18 and 35.
It is important to note the importance of the work Akili Dada is doing in Kenya and other neighbouring African countries. Kenya in particular still has.
– High rates of female genital mutilation
– High rates of female domestic abuse
– High rates of teenage pregnancy which inevitably leads to high levels of school dropouts and uneducated girls.
As someone who is passionate about empowering young people, especially women, I am excited about the opportunity to mentor and guide these young women to achieve their goals.
Although this initiative has already impacted the lives of over 350 young women, I am very optimistic that my joining forces with Akili dada’s team will contribute towards an even bigger impact.
You see, it is one thing to get classroom education, and another to get seed capital, but without the proper business acumen, most of these women will find themselves in uncharted territory, and it is my believe that by having a business coach that helps them
- Identifying improvement opportunities
- Set SMART goals.
- Sail through difficult decision-making processes.
- Become accountable.
- Build their leadership competencies.
These women will be better equipped and empowered to make a significant difference in their communities, ultimately leading to positive societal change. Overall, my day was productive, and I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact that the technical partnership with Akili Dada will have on young women’s lives.