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A modern African marriages focus will on the wedding process of a young man and a young lady and specifically on dowry payments

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Dowry payments in African communities is a huge challenge for a lot of young men due to different culture and traditions of the bride price. Our project will be focused on building a bridge between a man and a woman by paying for them dowry payments or a wedding event in order to save the money for the marriage. I intend to setup a revolving fund for a family bridge by setting up a wealth management system through investment in money markets, units trusts,bonds and treasury bills. The income generated from this fund will be used to funds various dowry payments and wedding occasions. The fund will be managed by a team of experts in financial analysts,counselors,bride and groom,wedding planners,events organizers any other team who will be beneficial to the team. The team will be involved in selecting the bride and groom who are committed to go through the process of dowry payments and wedding event. The criteria will be very simple, The guy must propose to the girl and commit to marry her. this is because in African culture the Man must be Responsible for His actions. The Dowry payments and wedding events will only be for 1st time Marriages, this is because the couple may be in a financial debt to organize the occasion The couple will be then proceed to pre-marrital counseling, this may be done by professions,church or family The team will be in organizing the dowry payments and partner with the wedding planners to organize the occasions The team will enroll the couple to the team in finding the next couple to get married or pay dowry and build a family bridge. The project will be investing about $5000-50000 per event The couple will partner with our financial analyst to organize the whole process so that the couple will have the ability to save and invest for the future. The couple will be selected through an application process online through nomination of friends, family, and organizations through Photos and videos.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries will be young couples anywhere in Africa,Kenya. The young couple should be 26-35 years of age.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The project will focus on helping young men in this critical process which is usually their sole responsibility to fund the occasion. They only get assistance from friends and family. The insurance industry has tried to offer products for dowry but it's not inclusive. The African culture does not allow Men to be assisted unless you are man,family or friends. The young men are disadvantaged in this type of events.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

ZUGI Investments is a I.C.T. services company in Kenya That work with government of Kenya to transform, and solve the challenges of the society through people-centered design

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The dowry payments for the bride is very expensive and does not add value to the men.Most young men are not financially stable to start marriages The modern marriages in Africa and Kenya are under threat and most couples are ending into divorces,the worst is some men decide to kill their families due to communications and financials issues.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

peace and prosperity needs to be restored in modern African marriages order to solve some of social issue like gender violence,financial burden and communication.Most married men prefer to drink or worse kill their own family

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Financials analyst,counselors,wedding planners,family,churches and mosques

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Resilience,Innovation,Love and I.C.T infrastructure

Geographic Focus

Kenya, Africa

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

24 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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