Hi, villagers and visitors.
I hope you came into March healthy and in good spirits.
February was quite challenging for me. I'm currently seeing through relocation to West Africa, and it's been tough relocating, working and adjusting in the middle of a pandemic. Nonetheless, I'm feeling good about the progress we've been making with Kwanda and how that will materialise in the coming months.
Let's talk about the village in February.
Village monthly income
Available village capital
Capital deployed (this month)
Total deployed (all time)
What happened this month?
Kwanda turned one!
We celebrated our first birthday and year in operation. We launched on February 18, 2020, and it's been a blessing to see what we've managed to achieve so far.
We're coming into our second year of operation with a talented team, and I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce our operational team.
Covid-19 response project in Uganda.
Last summer, we provided funds (£750) to support Youth Link Networks in implementing their Covid-19 response in Uganda.
They supported 51 vulnerable families with access to sanitary care, food security, and medical attention with our contribution.
Youth Link Networks implemented the Covid-19 response project in Iganga district, Nambale sub-county, and parishes include: - Muira, Nambale, and Nasuti.
Our contribution accounted for almost 20% of the funding needed to successfully implement their project, which I'm happy to say they have done.
School placement for 25 girls in deprived communities
In January, we launched a project to sponsor the education of 25 girls for the next academic year - providing free education for girls who come from the most deprived communities in Ghana.
We've struggled to get this project off the ground due to volatility in private school fees. This is a result of uncertainty around restrictions and school openings.
We're still trying to develop a solution that will allow us to push forward on this. We will likely increase the number of girls we place in school and target 'Public schools' only.
What coming next month?
Funding and training for 25 micro-entrepreneurs
This project, in partnership with Munafa, will fund a group of 25 entrepreneurs in Freetown.
Sierra Leone's population is predominantly rural (62%) and mostly young (42%). 70% of young people are unemployed or underemployed.
Before receiving funding, the selected group of entrepreneurs will receive six initial training sessions delivered by Munafa. After this, they will receive individual loans based on their business needs and their capacity to repay, without the need for collateral or joint liability.
In addition to the business loans, the entrepreneurs will receive education about savings and help establish a personal saving plan.
🇸🇱 We’re holding a village vote to approve a new project: Funding and training for 25 micro-entrepreneurs in Freetown, Sierra Leone.— Kwanda (@JoinKwanda) February 15, 2021
The proposal and vote are live on your dashboards, and voting closes on Friday. https://t.co/MNdFDZTibMpic.twitter.com/uXeRN7sz8t
Sustainable sanitary products for 50 vulnerable girls
This project will promote healthy menstrual hygiene management through virtual educational sessions and the donation of tailor-made packages with sustainable sanitary wear that is locally manufactured in Zimbabwe.
On average, 72% of rural girls in Zimbabwe do not have access to sanitary wear and miss 48 to 60 days of school a year due to their menstruation.
Each girl will receive a kit that contains reusable sanitary pads, two pairs of underwear, five pegs, two big Ziploc bags, one cloth bag, 1 bar soap, one washcloth, a menstrual calendar and an educational leaflet about menstrual care and hygiene.
🇿🇼 Our first project in Zim! We’re holding a village vote to approve a new project, providing sustainable sanitary products for 50 vulnerable girls in Mbare, Zimbabwe.— Kwanda (@JoinKwanda) February 19, 2021
🛖 The proposal and vote are live on your dashboards, and voting closes next Weds. https://t.co/MNdFDZTibMpic.twitter.com/HD9flKidzT
Clean water shallow-well and rope-pump for Lalambe village
After the success of the first clean-water well we funded in Tanzania, we've decided to engage with the local team to build another.
This project will bring water to Lalambe village in western Tanzania, where there are 16,000 people in 4 hamlets.
Currently, the 1300 people in the Nyamnyinya hamlet in Lalambe village need to fetch their water from Ruchugi stream 5km away. Walking to and from the stream, queuing for water, then carrying it back home can take over three hours a day.
🇹🇿 Second clean water project! We’re holding a village vote to approve a new project, building a clean water shallow-well and rope-pump for Lalambe village.— Kwanda (@JoinKwanda) March 1, 2021
🛖 The proposal and vote are live on your dashboards, and voting closes on Friday. https://t.co/MNdFDZTibMpic.twitter.com/Tnt2DbrhMQ
I'm excited to have our team focus back on creating impact through well-structured projects. We've got a steady pipeline of projects for the coming months that I'm sure our villagers will be passionate about.
We're also still on track to re-open projects in the UK and have been steadily developing strategic partnerships to help us power those projects.
I plan to send the first update on our upcoming work in the UK sometime in March or April.
Hope you enjoyed this February report!
The more villagers we have, the more reliable our structure becomes for black communities. If you haven't already, I ask you to join us or spread the word!
Until next time.