Hi, villagers and visitors.
I hope you're all keeping safe!
March was a great execution month for us. Our numbers are steadily pointing back in the right direction, and barring a few hiccups, we managed to invest in three new projects, two of which were completed (one still underway).
It takes considerable effort to liaise with partners and project managers across borders, but it looks like our impact function in Sub-Saharan Africa is finally starting to take shape.
We're also getting quite excited about making our return to investing in UK based projects. I'll touch on this a bit at the end of the report, but first, let's look at some of the numbers for March.
Village monthly income
Available village capital
Capital deployed (this month)
Total deployed (all time)
We're back to a healthy amount of spending, which we're now working to scale up by investing in larger projects and re-entering the UK space.
What happened this month?
We invested in and completed a second clean-water source in Tanzania, providing 1300 people access to clean water.
After the success of our first clean-water well project in Tanzania, we decided to build another.
This investment brought water to Lalambe village in western Tanzania, where there are 16,000 people in 4 hamlets.
Before, the 1300 people in the Nyamnyinya hamlet needed to fetch their water from Ruchugi stream 5km away. Walking to and from the stream, queuing for water, then carrying it back home would take over three hours a day.
Thanks to our villagers and partners in Tanzania, this is no longer the case.
Benedicto - the project manager - spoke to the Headteacher of Lalambe Primary School, who said how grateful the school and village is and how much it will impact their progress. He also relayed the following quote from one of the girls there.
This pump is fantastic; it saves us so much time. Previously we wasted hours getting water from the stream. Now I can spend more time on my studies, and I am more confident I will do well and follow my dreams. Thank you, Kwanda and thank you, God, for this opportunity. - Deborah, a standard 7 pupil at Lalambe Primary School
🇹🇿 The Lalambe well Kwanda funded is 90% complete!— Kwanda (@JoinKwanda) March 26, 2021
🛖 The concrete will need 3 days or so to fully set and then the community can start using it.
View project: https://t.co/lY4FBfRSVypic.twitter.com/89DDuWcliU
We concluded our first project in Zimbabwe, providing sustainable menstrual products to 50 girls in Mbare.
We partnered with Days for Girls Zimbabwe and grassroots organisation PCP (the Period Care Package Initiative) to provide reusable menstrual kits to 50 girls in Mbare, the oldest high-density township in Harare.
On the surface, this project looks like it was (only) about distributing sustainable, reusable period products to girls whose families would not otherwise have been able to afford them - worthwhile and impactful in itself. In reality, a cascade of impact extended to the women who manufactured these products, which Days for Girls Zimbabwe intelligently organised into a distributed workforce to protect them from Covid.
🇿🇼 Sewing of reusable and sanitary pads for our project in Zimbabwe.— Kwanda (@JoinKwanda) March 17, 2021
❤️ Providing sustainable and sanitary menstrual kits for 50 girls. pic.twitter.com/nDG7vMizcu
We deployed £2,000 to be turned into micro-loans for entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone.
Although this project was massively delayed by disruptions in remitting the funds to Sierra Leone, we managed to successfully deploy the total amount of £2,000, to be converted into micro-loans (1M SLL) for entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone; and re-collected for recycling by our partner Munafa.
🥳 Some good news.— Kwanda (@JoinKwanda) April 7, 2021
🇸🇱 We managed to deploy £2,000 out to Sierra Leone, which will be made in micro-loans for entrepreneurs in Freetown.
What's coming next month?
200 scholarships for female design students in Africa
As voted on by villagers, we will be investing £3,700 into scholarships for 200 women across Africa to learn design on the African Women in Design Scholarship Program created by Ingressive. One hundred fifty of the places the Kwanda villagers will fund will be general scholarships for the over 17,000 women who have applied for the program.
A special allocation of 50 scholarships will be reserved for girls and women in the communities Kwanda's partners work in.
There is a global skills shortage in design and technical skills. With women accounting for less than 30% of the tech sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a significant untapped potential for talent and creating equity.
The African Women in Design Program will run for 12 or 24 weeks depending on which of the three tracks a student enrols in: Product design, Graphic design and Branding.
Provision of sustainable menstrual products for 230 girls in Wamunyu, Kenya
As a continuation of the work we're already doing to invest in girls' futures whilst doubly supporting local supply chains: We will fund the provision of 230 reusable sanitary pad kits to 230 girls across ten schools in Kenya over eight weeks. Our partners, Kenya Connect, will facilitate this and commission local women to create the kits using sewing machines that Kenya Connect provided to them in 2018 to kick-start sustainable sewing businesses.
Three Kenya Connect team members - Margaret Mutune, Ether Muinde and Monicah Kyalo - will also deliver menstrual health education to girls, boys, and parents within the community to get their buy-in for the Wings Poa program and help them to become better advocates for their girls.
The hope is to empower the community to provide a safe and supportive environment for growing girls.
We are returning to investing in UK based projects.
As I touched on above, we're getting very close to returning to investing in UK based projects. We're still making a few critical decisions around the projects we'll kick off with, but we are committing to initiatives to support UK businesses and one initiative aimed at mental health support for Black men ... more to come on that.
Hope you enjoyed this March 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.