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"Never Give Up"
I am graphic designer from Kenya and hope to inspire a change of view on what creativity means in my country.
I've always had a strong interest in art and conviction that developing my artistic skills is the best way I can use my time on this earth. It has also been part of my vision to be of service to my community through design and hope that by participating regularly on Open Ideo I can meet people who share the same vision.
I've lost my creative confidence countless times and believe it will continue to happen, but I'm getting better at bouncing back and finding a new way of communicating the same idea in a different format.
Hi Megan, I'm not sure how I came across your profile but it was a wonderful surprise! I'm really excited about Tushinde and helping out where I can. With regards to the questions raised by starting the day care what comes to is maybe creating a survey to collect data in partnership with the guys over at Kidogo?
Yes Luisa mentioned in a thread below how the youth can also find employment with in the Chama. For example in the case of a group that want's to be a community job board. The group can go round the community and find out what staffing needs business owners have and try to fill them through the Chama which will also act as a vetting board. So the Chama can become a local recruiting agency and charge the business owners a fee.
I'd have to look around and find out about your last question. Off the top of my head I can't say I know any such scenario but that's probably down to my own ignorance.
I've had a few informal chats with friends and random people I've been able to have brief conversations about this idea. One thing I've learnt is that most of them understand the concept of a Chama from the merry-go-round point of view. That is a group of us come together contribute money and every month or so the sum of the money goes to a different person. Very few use the Chama as an investment group the ones who do tend to have more money. Most of the people I talked to who weren't or had never been in a Chama seemed wary about the group dynamic especially with regards to money.
So going forward I think I have to find a clever way to introduce Chama Beta that will not dissuade people who have heard negative things or had negative experiences and at the same time mine their experiences to help build better structures.