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Empowering with a business!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Empowering with a business!

Lucy is a mother of three children, a girl and two boys, she resides in Ngong, Kenya. She is the backbone of the family when it comes to financial support.  Lucy used to run a small business but fell on tough times and used the funds to support her family needs. When she wanted to start again, she went from bank to bank seeking for a loan but she couldn’t, as she didn’t have any collateral.  She was sharing her frustration with a close friend when the friend referred her to talk to Opening Village Doors team in Kenya. Lucy received starting capital of $375 to start a poultry farming...

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A Day of the Girl Child

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The UN in their assessment states “There is overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.” In Kenya, we partner...

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Africa’s Pulse

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Africa’s Pulse

Twice a year, the World Bank issues a report entitled: Africa’s Pulse: An analysis of issues shaping Africa’s economic future. Just this month of October 2013 the bank released the report and here are a few highlights; Global economic activity remains subdued, and despite signs of strengthening in high-income countries, significant downside risks persist. Economic activity remains strong in much of Sub-Saharan Africa, underpinned by robust domestic demand. The economic outlook for the region is positive, although the region is vulnerable to both a sharp decline in commodity prices and...

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We can end extreme poverty by 2030

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We can end extreme poverty by 2030

On October 1st, the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim called for a “ social movement to end poverty” and declaring that “we can end extreme poverty by 2030”. The speech highlighted a shifting change and recognition that the bank and all of us need to “partner with the private sector to use their expertise and capital to fight poverty, invest in women and girls and the youth in general to change villages, communities and reducing and eventually eliminating poverty. Opening Village Doors has embarked on this journey.  We have funded start up of 32 small businesses that...

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Potential Made Possible by You!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Potential Made Possible by You!

There is a swahili saying that states ” haba na haba hujaza kibaba” meaning, ‘little by little fills up the measure.’ I use this saying to answer a question that I have been getting of late expressing willingness to help sponsor a project to empower a family out of poverty in Kenya. Below are some examples on how to help Opening Village Doors Foundation empower more individuals through capital to start businesses, training and mentoring. Here are ways you can help. Does your business have a jeans day or sponsor projects? How about you team with your co workers and...

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Help with Getting a Job

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Help with Getting a Job

Patrick Onyancha moved from his rural village in Kisii to Nairobi to look for work as it is customary for many rural youth as they finish high school. It was very difficult to “get a job” Patrick recalls. It took several months doing any menial job that he could find to support himself and his family back in the village. It wasn’t long before he was told of an opportunity to be a watchman at a local church, which he promptly applied and got. Patrick has been working there for over 3 years now making less than $60 a month. When he heard about Opening Village Doors® from...

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