By Elie Calhoun, Code Innovation
This article originally appeared on CODE Innovation’s website at: http://codeinnovation.com/2015/11/scaling-up-our-diy-savings-and-credit-group-app-with-partners-in-east-africa/
Savings and Credit Group using our open source app in Kongwa District, Dodoma Region, Tanzania (One Hen/Jessica Charles)
In early 2015, Code Innovation and our partners at One Hen Inc. visited the implementing partners for our Self-Help Group app in Ethiopia and Tanzania. After a successful pilot in 2014, our plan was to scale up the use of the app by 1000% focusing on new users in food insecure areas of both countries.
We met with partners at Tearfund Ethiopia and with Tearfund Tanzania‘s local NGO implementers, the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) to decide on a viable plan for multiplying our impact and rolling out a new-and-improved iteration with content that we estimated would last for about six months worth of weekly Selp-Help Group meetings. According to our previous coordinator, during our 2014 pilot in Ethiopia this was about the time it took for new groups to raise enough capital and develop enough business acumen and group momentum to begin to give their first loans.
Continue reading Scaling Up our DIY Self-Help Group App with Partners in East Africa
Rachael conducting online research on business marketing and advertising.
By, Hillary K. Pember
My daughter Rachael may only be 14 years old, but through our One Hen activities we may have identified her budding advertising career!
This week’s One Hen Academy modules had a strong focus on identifying and marketing to target customers. My daughter and I researched and discussed logos, slogans as well as potential markets.
We have been trying to focus on learning together and I have been careful to keep our activities appropriate for a 14 year-old girl. To that end, we have found many videos and lectures on Continue reading Part 2: One Hen at Home. Hillary and Rachael Explore and Apply Business Branding Power
Over the years I’ve frequently been a source of amusement to my wife Emma, but rarely more so than when I came home from work at DfiD one day a decade ago and recounted to her a particularly mortifying interaction I’d had with the IT department. My computer had gone on the fritz during a password update, and in order to resolve it I’d had to tell the tech support guys my old password over the phone – while a senior official was in the room. Imagine my joy as I had to Continue reading What Transformation in Aid and Development Really Looks Like
By, Hillary K. Pember
Campos teaching her One Hen class about using their business profits to support community needs.
As a child, Wendy Campos always wanted to participate in her school’s soccer program but was not allowed to because she had to stay home and take care of her younger sister. So when Campos, now a sophomore at UMass Boston, learned that her alma mater, the McKay Middle School, was about to cancel their soccer program due to a staff shortage, she jumped at the chance to help.
Continue reading 2nd Time Around: Wendy Returns to her Alma Mater as a One Hen Educator
By, Hillary K. Pember
From July 27-31, 2015 One Hen ran a Social Entrepreneurship Camp at Jubilee Christian Church (JCC). During this intensive one-week program, 20 young campers enjoyed daily presentations from professionals and entrepreneurs from local businesses and nonprofits including Lovin’ Spoonfulls, InnerCity Weightlifting, Dirty Boys Composting, and Bulfinch. One Hen also arranged for the youth to enjoy field trips to B.good and Sapient Nitro where they toured the facilities and learned how both businesses use their services and products to help their communities. Throughout the week, the campers spent hours developing their businesses and worked in teams to create marketing materials, design products and prepare their final presentations for a panel of adult entrepreneur judges. On July 30 the group held a sell event where their homemade cards, jewelry and key chains earned them over $200 and enabled them to make a generous contribution to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides low-income and homeless children with essential items they need at home and for school. On the final day of the camp the four business teams presented to a panel of local professionals from The Bridgespan Group, The Stearns Family Foundation, The Matthew 19:26 Fund, and The Black Alliance for Educational Options. These professionals provided each group feedback on their business model and then mentored individual students on their personal entrepreneurship plans and goals. After theses presentations and the mentoring session, the campers and guests enjoyed an ice cream party, funded with the remaining profits from their business.
Here’s what our campers have to say about their experience in the Summer 2015 One Hen Social Entrepreneurship Camp…
Continue reading 5 Young Entrepreneurs Share Feedback on their One Hen Camp Experience